Foxconn Reportedly Used Illegal Student Labour To Manufacture iPhone Xs

Marcus Newton
November 22, 2017

They have acknowledged that some cases of student interns working overtime do exist and they're looking into measures to ensure that this doesn't happen again.

Six high school students, ranging from ages 17 to 19, said they worked 11-hour days to assemble the iPhone X at a factory in Zhengzhou, China, according to the report.

One student even told the Financial Times that they were forced to work at the Foxconn factory and that the work they were doing wasn't related to their studies. But Apple's statement, which Ars Technica has in full, insists the students "worked voluntarily, were compensated and provided benefits", while Foxconn's statement echoes that "all work was voluntary and compensated appropriately". The company has, however, denied claims that the students were forced to carry out the work as a condition of graduation from school. In the Apple and Foxconn said that all the students came to work voluntarily, they all got insurance and pay.

Foxconn is Apple's primary supplier in Asia. "They could have stopped these students working night shifts and long hours sooner, but they didn't do that".

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"Apple is dedicated to ensuring everyone in our supply chain is treated with the dignity and respect they deserve...we'll continue to do all we can to make a positive impact and protect workers in our supply chain". But in an effort to get back on track with the high order volume, Foxconn may have coerced a bunch of Chinese interns to work ungodly amounts of hours-and held their high school diplomas hostage until the job was complete. She added that she is made to assemble up to 1,200 iPhone X cameras each day. According to those reports, the company and its production partners were struggling to keep up with their shipment goals on the phone.

Read the full article at the Financial Times.

According to CNET, an Apple spokesperson conceded the students should not have been working late.

Compared to past infractions, the overtime issue might seem relatively minor, but Apple and Foxconn are under intense scrutiny due to prior problems. The Financial Times reported earlier Tuesday that a group of 3,000 students from the Zhengzhou Urban Rail Transit School were sent to work at the local facility.

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