…TERRIBLE CONDITIONS FOR WORKERS
By PEDRO LAHOZ WOLFE, age 10
You know how almost everything in the United States says “Made in China” on it? Do you ever think about how many people are needed to make these millions of products? Millions of people who do not have proper working conditions.
Let’s take a look at Foxconn workers who make Apple iPhones, Dell and Sony technology products.
As reported by Bloomberg News and Wired.com, conditions at Foxconn include:
||United States Blueberry Farms
Well, at least blueberries for sale in the United States aren’t from China, but the people who pick them have just as bad working conditions.
Not only that, but children as young as five are also working on blueberry farms alongside their parents. And this is despite the law that children in the United States can work only after the age of 12, which means that these blueberry farms are breaking the law. Workers are subject to heat strokes, heavy lifting, and falls and trips. Other health problems include issues with breathing and skin, and cancer because of exposure to insecticides. The pay is also minimal. A family of four will, on average, get $12,000 a year, which is barely enough to put food on the table. This leaves families working on these farms very poor.
For more about child labor on U.S. blueberry farms, check out this IndyKids story: Berry Blues
Pedro Lahoz Wolfe is a fifth-grade student in New York City.