Mike Daisey’s adventure into Shenzhen helped shed light on some of the harsh realities of the world we live in. We always hear the stories of sweatshops, or unfortunate working situations around the globe, but Daisey’s monologue went into much more depth than what I have been exposed to.
As Daisey shared his story I was appalled by the imagery of the nets hanging to save those attempting suicide; and thousands of malnourished workers eating lunch in a crammed cafeteria. This does not portray an electronics factory, but a prison. I was also shocked that these workers are forced to work sixteen-hour shift for months on end while being exposed to hazardous chemicals. The lack of consideration for thousands of lives is mind blowing; these conditions make me believe this a form of modern day slavery. Worker’s livelihood and health are so deteriorated that their lives will never be the same after the first day on the job. Humans are not supposed to be standing for fourteen consecutive hours, performing the same menial tasks; and Daisey clearly explains the consequences of this type of work in his monologue. Daisey shared a story about a man who’s hand was deformed from assembling iPads and this man was only one of hundreds.
Although this was a very somber and shocking story, it was promising to see that many workers at Foxconn were open to approaching Daisey. Their willingness to share their stories will only help shed light on these issues and potentially help improve work conditions around the globe.