From a worker at Foxconn:
Uhm, excuse me? Mr. Daisey? I need to stop you right here. I appreciate you trying to help us Foxconn workers by performing your monologue– but do you have any idea what you’re doing?
I have spent the last 2 years working at Foxconn. And its not easy here, far from it actually. I have seen my fair share of friends come and go, worn out by the long hours and the mind-numbing work. But this is so much better than the alternative. I came to Shenzen from a small and terribly poor village. I came with no money, no friends, no place to live and no place to work. And now I have this job, where I can provide for myself, where my life is so much better than the alternative. Is it bad? Yes of course, but bad is better than the awfulness that was my old life.
Can’t you see that people want these jobs? That these positions are something that people covet? You don’t see that because you are not from here. You are not us. You don’t know our culture or our life. They can replace us so easily. People are lined up outside ready to take my place. The system, the conditions, they will never change. They will never change until there is no longer a need for these jobs. And let me tell you, Mr. Daisey, that time will never come.
All you have done is limit my ability to work overtime hours. Have you raised my pay? Have you halted the number of Chinese workers begging for my job? Have you offered any real solutions? Of course not. So do us all a favor: keep your sad story to yourself and let me keep my job.