(Young Foxconn worker stands up after Daisey finishes his claw-man fabrication)
Mr. Daisey the Apple problem you have been talking about is not a corporate problem but a cultural problem and one that begins with you. I have been an employee at Foxconn for 6 months and know better than anyone in this room that you grossly misunderstand the relationship Foxconn has with its people.
(Foxconn worker addresses the audience)
First off, there is reason most of the workers you met appear to be young. How many 40 or 50 year olds do you recall meeting? My guess would be very few because in China Foxconn is a “starter” job and a highly desirable one at that. It is a stepping-stone to greater things for those that are hard working and while the hours are long it is a far better alternative to rural jobs friends in my hometown are stuck with. Believe it or not Mr. Daisey, we do have access to the news and understand that the starting salary is $2 an hour, which may seem very low to you wealthy Westerners. As you say Foxconn is a huge company. But sit back think about your anti-capitalism higher wages argument for a moment. High wages would force Foxconn to downsize and offer fewer total jobs to young people starting out like me. Salaries have already improved 25%, how much more do you think is realistic while allowing Foxconn to still remain competitive?
You frankly do not understand our culture Mr. Daisey. There are 3,000 people lining up for Foxconn jobs every week. In this economy people with jobs is better than people without them. While our opportunities are not comparable to those you have in the West, they are in fact opportunities nonetheless and I intend to make the most of mine and prove myself rather than petition my government to have higher wages and benefits handed to me.