SANTA'S WORKSHOP - Inside China's SLAVE labor toy factories

Below is a 30 mins documentary which show you the "slavery" of toy factories. The video is produced in 2004, hopefully 4 years later the conditions are better? Anyway, it's good (educational) to see this video and understand where and how our toys are produced in china.

(Source from google video)
*ONLY A SHORT SEGMENT IN THE BEGINNING HAS ENGLISH SUBTITLES, THE REST IS SPOKEN ENGLISH*

SANTA'S WORKSHOP takes you to the real world of China's toy factories. Workers tell us about long working hours, low wages, and dangerous work places. Those who protest or try to organize trade unions risk imprisonment. Low labour costs attract more and more companies to China.

Today more than 75% of our toys are made in China. But this industry takes its toll on the workers and on the environment. The European (and American) buyers blame bad conditions on the Chinese suppliers. But they say that increasingly hard competition gives them no option. Who should we believe? And what can you do to bring about a fairer and more humane toy trade?

[PLEASE WATCH THIS INCREDIBLY INFORMATIVE DOCUMENTARY REGARDING SLAVERY OVERSEAS]

Side note: Now i know that the workers slave so hard, i can now understand and appreciates why sometimes we get shitty quality. On the other hand, if we don't buy the toys, then these workers will be jobless...what a dilemma...haizz..

3 comments:

Juliana said...

A very depressing documentary to watch but sadly, not just the toy industry is affected. About every other thing that we use and comsume each day are made this way in China and other 3rd world countries.

We humans have already 'progressed' to a 'point of no return'. No one will want to go back to the past and live without the 'luxuries' we enjoy today.

JuN said...

China has always been an "interesting" country, then again it may not be them only.

Sadly, maybe that's why toy companies have delays all the time and we should learn to be more understanding because the workers are doing their best to produce the toys that we buy.

Hopefully, the more the money that we use to buy the toys is contributing to their salaries and not just the big boss that owns everything.

LEon said...

The Toy makers are trying to blame both side of the spectrum. End of the day, both workers and consumers are the biggest suckers and losers. The toy makers are the ones who price the item for profits.