Exhausted, inhumane, hazardous, miserable, and resilient are five adjectives that truly capture industrialization in China today. Factory workers are exhausted working from the inhumane working conditions in factories. A workday consists of 11-13 hours a day with not only excessive, but also unpaid overtime. “Working hours are so long that people sleep in the factories when a new product is being released” (Facing Finance). In most factories, breaks during a shift are non-existent. Some workers become so miserable that suicide is a common occurrence of factory workers. It has been recorded that “14 Foxconn workers committed suicide in 2010” (Stress Case). Under these hazardous working conditions, workers are surrounded by harmful substances and chemicals, which have caused death to many in factories. “Within seven months last year, two explosions at iPad factories, including in Chengdu, killed four people and injured 77” (NY Times). Considering these terrible working conditions, factory workers are resilient and work until “ they stand so long that their legs swell until they can hardly walk” (NY Times). These unfortunate, five words depict industrialization in China today.
Future Predictions of Chinese Labor, Manufacturing, and Cities
It is difficult to predict China’s future labor, manufacturing, and cities. Currently China’s working conditions are nearly inhumane by working their employers, thousands who are under-aged, for excessive hours, low pay, and minimal free time spent in crammed, grimy dorms. Workers are even exposed to harmful substances that put their lives in danger. Britain’s Industrial Revolution is easily comparable to the living conditions in China. Workers, including many children, were forced to work long hours for extremely low wages. Working conditions were very poor with unsafe environments, which often endangered the workers. Throughout Britain, laws, like the Factory Act, Ten Hours Act, and Mines Act, were made to create better working conditions and prevented child labor. Unions were often formed in order for workers to bargain for better working conditions and higher wages. The living conditions in the British Industrial Revolution were very poor. Streets had no drainage systems and garbage collected in heaps and workers lived in dark, dirty shelters. This caused sicknesses and diseases to spread.Pollution is a very serious problem in many parts of China, which causes widespread health problems. Working violations have been reported from China for decades now and more attention has been drawn to these very serious issues. Workers in China fear to participate in strikes or labor unions, knowing that they will be fired or receive even lower wages from factories. The high demand for products from China is becoming a serious issue because countries rely on China to produce so much for them. China gives countries a very fair price for their products, which causes the factory workers to be paid so poorly. Overtime, I predict that China is going to be forced to pay their workers more reasonably, which will definitely increase the costs of products for other countries buying from China. With the publicity of China's current working conditions, safer and healthier environments are going to be enforced upon factories in order to keep running.
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