COMPLICIT, an award winning film that is an excellent resource for discussions/seminars/training sessions on labour exploitation and related health risks in China, is being released globally on 28 April, to mark International Workers’ Memorial Day.
The film notes that China produces 90 per cent of the world’s consumer electronics. According to official figures, every five hours, a worker is poisoned by the toxic chemicals used to make these products. But the real figure is believed to be much higher.
“Shot below the radar over three years, Complicit follows Chinese worker-turned-activist, Yi Yeting, and a group of other worker-activists fighting to improve conditions in the factories. While battling his own work-induced leukaemia, Yi Yeting teaches himself labour law in order to prepare a legal challenge against his former employers. He then forms a law co-operative to defend and educate other sick workers,” the film blurb notes.
“As well as taking on corrupt officials, the activists infiltrate factories making products for some of the world’s largest brands to secure proof of dangerous working conditions.”