In a new investigative report, Sweden’s TV4 this week further exposed the continuing social problems and sub-par conditions faced by electronics factory workers in China.
The program, “Hard Facts”, follows a factory worker as he secretly films unsafe working conditions, overcrowded employee dorms and describes the excessive overtime experienced by the thousands of workers in a factory located outside Shenzhen, China. Filming and talking with reporters was carried out at great personal risk to the reporter and factory employee, whose employment was placed at risk due to his participation in the story.
The TV4 report is one of many similar investigations by worker rights advocates and environmental interest groups, showing that social responsibility in electronics manufacturing is severely lacking. The conditions exposed during the report clearly violate both international human rights conventions as well as China’s laws for worker rights and protections.