These are photographs from ‘The Real Toy Story’ by German-born Michael Wolf.
“In 2010 the average monthly salary, including overtime, for a migrant worker was CNY1,690 (UK£150 / US$240), insufficient to cover basic needs for workers and their families. In 2009 alone, approximately 1 million workers suffered industrial injuries whilst about 20,000 were victims of occupational disease. (Source: War on Want: http://bit.ly/Rdtmdg)
This TED Talk discusses the lives of Chinese factory workers: http://youtu.be/Bc2wVyl8RLI from their own perspective.
This 2009 film ‘Last Train Home’ offers a detailed look at migrant workers: http://youtu.be/udVpkE0Mm2Y
A report from last week from China Labour Watch about poor conditions at Matel’s toy factories: http://chinalaborwatch.org/news/new-446.html Guardian article: http://bit.ly/TYMSFH SACOM is a Hong Kong-based NGO which highlights abusive working conditions in the mainland and fights for labour rights in Chinese factories: http://sacom.hk/“
You can find more about Michael Wolf’s work here.