by rebstooke on March 6, 2016 - 7:31pm
I am going to write about a cause that is important to me, the workers conditions. I will use three different location of sources to make a connection between local and international news. I will consider the difference in way the issue is reported from one location to another and how same issue is treated in different places. The main source that I am going to relate to is http://www.facing-finance.org/en/database/cases/working-conditions-in-foxconn-factories-in-china/ a source from The Taiwan-based Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., (also known by its trading name, Foxconn). This sources talks about the different ways chinese workers are treated. I will also compare this sources to a canadian source http://www.jobbank.gc.ca/content_pieces-eng.do?cid=228 to evaluate the difference between the two locations.
First of all, if I relate to my source (http://www.facing-finance.org/en/database/cases/working-conditions-in-foxconn-factories-in-china/), their workers are overexploited by their managers. They keep their employees in dormitories run by security forces and these people have no privacy. Faxconn count about 1.2 million workers in China who work in poor conditions. The fair labor association (FLA), an association that observes and notes the different compagnies about the workers conditions, has noted that severe health and safety risks, and excessive hours of overtime without appropriate payments are located in the Foxconn factories. Workers are allowed to use certain devices , their rooms were raided , and if they are found to have violated any strict rules , they must admit their guilt publicly. The only people who can take a break are the one’s who work regularly shifts of 11 to 13 hours. Even more, the working hours are so long that workers are sleeping during their shift and no lunch break is available for them. There is no day off and only once a year, the workers can go out and visit their friends and family. The workers are generally aged between 18 to 21 years old, which is very young, even if the risk of incidents is high in Foxconn child labour. In china’s factories, workers are often young immigrants who have difficuleties to find a job in their own city. "Some of my roommates weep in the dormitory. I want to cry as well but my tears have not come out." These are the words of a 22-year-old woman working at the Foxconn factory in Chengdu, China. This really means that the workers are treated badly, according to Amy Lee in her acticle http://www.somo.nl/news-en/somo-media-coverage/inside-foxconns-factory-report-exposes-conditions-at-apple-manufacturer?searchterm=inside+foxconns+factory.
On the other hand, in Canada, there are federal and provincial laws to protect the workers conditions. It protect them from being treated unfairly because of their age, sex or race. Canada even have systems to prevents injuries and eventual accidents during the job. The source http://www.jobbank.gc.ca/content_pieces-eng.do?cid=228 even informs me that the standard average of hours in a day is 8, which represents 3 hours less than the average in China. Also, employees are obligate to have a minimum of one day off during the week. That is not the case in China. In all off the cases, the maximum hours of work in a week is 48 and the overtime pay wage is a minimum of 1.5 times the regular hourly wage. Canadian workers are really well treated!
According to my article from the Montreal Gazette about the workers conditions (http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/change-to-teachers-conditions-not-about-money-negotiators), the proplems with workers conditions is much less important than the problems in China. In Quebec, we are worried about our number of hours of work and our payroll (which is really high compares to other country) instead of complaining about bad conditions. This is understandable because in Quebec, people are well treated and have good working conditions. In China, they are not complaining because it is normal for them to work that way. They prefer working hard to get their paid instead of complaining and be fired.
Finally, I would suggest as a solution against child labour in China to encourage them to go to school and learn how to read and write because it is the main cause of their low income. It is with the skills they will develop at school that they will be able and eligible to get a better job. The impact of the location of the reportage impacts the issue’s media coverage because the more the country is poorer, the least the media will pay attention to the delicate situation (such as child labor) because it is something frequent in those country.
Work cited :
Magder, Jason. ‘’Change to teachers' conditions not about money: Quebec.’’ Montreal Gazette, January 19 2015. Web. 1 March 2016.
Foreman, William. ‘’Ninth Suicide THIS YEAR At Foxconn, Maker Of iPhones, iPads.’’ Huffpost tech, july 21 2010. Web. 1 March 2016.