25 February 2013

The video is an interview of a young female former Foxconn worker’s work and resistance at the mold production shop floor. She tells having entered Foxconn when she was 18 years old, at first earning just 1 Chinese yuan a day as trainee but actually working the same as other workers.

The dusty environment and corrosive chemicals used put the workers’ health at risk but when injured, workers had to apologize in work meetings instead of getting proper treatment and compensation. Workers who stood up for better protection would be pressured to keep silent.

Her testimony adds to the growing number of stories we hear, of young migrant workers being exploited. We are left to reflect: do we really understand the thousands of human faces behind the successful images and huge profits of those IT brands, including Apple?

Those Were the Years, When I Was at Foxconn