Apple Supplier Used illegal student labour to assemble iPhone X
Apple supplier used illegal student labour to assemble iPhone X.
Apple under fire over reports students worked illegal overtime to build iPhone X … placement, were routinely working 11-hour days assembling the newest phone
Tech giant, as well as plant operator Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., also known as Foxconn, has denied the student program was involuntary but admitted the long hours violated policy.
Foxconn’s use of interns on its production lines was first reported by the Financial Times. Six students told the newspaper that they regularly worked 11-hour shifts assembling Apple’s new iPhone X, which is a breach of Chinese labour law. The Financial Times said a group of 3,000 interns worked in Foxconn’s factories.
“We’ve confirmed the students worked voluntarily, were compensated and provided benefits, but they should not have been allowed to work overtime,” Apple said in a statement obtained by Huff Post.
The corporation, headquartered in California, said it has sent staff to the overseas plant to address the violations, which it said involve a small percentage of the workers.
Students, aged 17 to 19, told the Financial Times that they were among a group of 3,000 students from Zhengzhou Urban Rail Transit School who were sent to the Zhengzhou factory to complete a three-month stint for “work experience.”
One student, who didn’t want to be identified because of fear of retaliation, said she was tasked with assembling the new iPhone X smartphones, which cost just under $1,000,despite studying to be a train attendant.
“The work has nothing to do with our studies,” the 18-year-old told the Times.
Foxconn, in a statement obtained by Reuters, admitted that some interns have worked more than 40 hours per week on “program-related assignments,” which violates their policy.