Interns Said To Work Illegal Hours On The iPhone X Assembly Line

Interns Said To Work Illegal Hours On The iPhone X Assembly Line

Interns Said To Work Illegal Hours On The iPhone X Assembly Line

"We are being forced by our school to work here", one young woman told the newspaper, adding that she assembles up to 1,200 cameras during days that can last 11 hours and "the work has nothing to do with our studies".

Students have been employed illegally by Apple's main supplier in Asia in a bid to help the Cupertino-headquartered company deal with demand for new iPhone X, according to a report in The Financial Times. It did admit that there was a violation of internal policy, specifically that student interns - who usually range from the ages of 17 to 19 years old- work more than the allowed 40 hours a week maximum. Foxconn has been hiring student workers for years, but Apple still hasn't done enough to limit the work hours, according to Li.

However, Apple acknowledged instances of illegal overtime by students.

The students that spoke out were part of a group of 3,000 from the Zhengzhou Urban Rail Transit School. "The work has nothing to do with our studies", Ms. Yang added, noting that she's now training to become a train attendant.

"All work was voluntary and compensated appropriately", a factory spokesperson said.

Interns at a factory operated by Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., part of Taiwan's Foxconn Technology Group, worked voluntarily and received benefits, though worked longer days than Chinese law permits, Apple said in a statement.

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Foxconn worked with local governments and vocational institutions to organize the internship program.

This isn't the first time Apple has been under fire for the working conditions of its suppliers.

Apple did not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation's request for comment by time of publication. Today, the Financial Times reports that illegal labour practices persist. Both companies said the students were working voluntarily, according to the FT.

Compared to past infractions, the overtime issue might seem relatively minor, but Apple and Foxconn are under intense scrutiny due to prior problems.

It's usual for Foxconn to take on temporary workers in peak iPhone season, including students, but the FT reports that more seasonal workers than usual were recruited as Foxconn tried to make up for lost time on iPhone X production.

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