It’s very rare that I’ll link to a site like overclock.net, but this thread, in which Phaedrus2129 interviewed Geoff Crothall from the Chinese Labour Bulletin, a Hong Kong-based research and advocacy group, who lobby for reform in China’s labour laws, is very illuminating.
Consider, for instance, Geoff’s description of the average day in the life of a Chinese factory worker. It’s not unexpected, but it depicts a very old-fashioned, almost fascistic method of operation at many Chinese factories.
Factory workers will typically do a ten hour day, six days a week, performing one simple task, thousands of times a day. There will be little social interaction on the production line, and management will often strictly supervise workers' performance.