It was difficult listening to “Retraction” so soon after listening to Mike Daisy’s first hand experience visiting the Foxconn factories. Of course, hind site is 20/20, but I feel like an idiot for believing some of the things I did. I mentioned how I thought it was odd how some parts of his presentation seemed similar to a stand-up comedy routine. I’m surprised that the laid back delivery of a very serious topic didn’t lead to me calling his bluff. Regardless, there was both a lot of fabrication and straight lies.
A lot of what Mr. Daisy said was untrue, but his claims about the underage workers might not have been far off. I’m not saying that there were 12 and 13 year old like he claimed, but certain news sources claim that Foxconn factories have a tendency to bend some of the rules when it comes to worker ages. In this Washington Post article, Student Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM) explores a Foxconn factory’s dishonest process regarding workers’ age. Foxconn allegedly moved their underage workers out of site of any area where an inspector was going to be.
I’m not claiming that Mr. Daisy is right saying that he was seeing an outrageous amount more of underage workers, but I think this should be something to further look into. This article came out in February of 2012, about two years after Mr. Daisy’s trip. I believe that stricter inspection rules should be put in place so Foxconn simply can’t shuffle around workers to seem more honest than they may be.