Apple finds Foxconn interns worked illegal overtime on iPhone X

Alicia Cross
November 22, 2017

Foxconn, Apple's primary supplier in Asia, has been using students to assemble the newly-released iPhone X, according to the Financial Times, even making them illegally work overtime. Because the workers are classed as students, the overtime is illegal.

Six high-schoolers told FT that they are regularly working 11-hour days at a factory in Zhengzhou, China, constructing the iPhone X. The time parameters exceed China's legally mandated amount student interns are permitted to work. An 18-year-old student told reporters that she has to assembled as many as 1,200 iPhone cameras in a single day. When we found that some students were allowed to work overtime, we took prompt action. Yang, one among the six students, was quoted by the Financial Times as saying that they were forced by their schools to work in the factory as part of a compulsory internship.

Apple and Foxconn did not immediately respond to PCMag's request for comment, but Apple told the FT it "confirmed the students worked voluntarily, were compensated and provided benefits, but they should not have been allowed to work overtime". "The work has nothing to do with our studies".

Foxconn and Apple have come under scrutiny for conditions and circumstances of labor in China before.

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In its statement, Foxconn said, "All work was voluntary and compensated appropriately, [but] the interns did work overtime in violation of our policy". Apple carries out regular audits of its suppliers to ensure compliance with both the law and the company's own rules and procedures. "Underage workers often enter the factories as student "interns" required to work at the factories by vocational schools". 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. "The issue remains unresolved as the company has production targets to meet".

According to CNET, an Apple spokesperson conceded the students should not have been working late. In 2012, another report by the New York Times also detailed poor work conditions at factories overseas, which included explosions at the facilities that make iPhones and iPads.

The illegal overtime problems are also nothing new.

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