Published: Tue, November 21, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Apple's iPhone X Built With Illegal Overtime Teen Labor — FT

Apple's iPhone X Built With Illegal Overtime Teen Labor — FT

In a response to the FT, Apple said an audit did find instances of student interns working overtime, adding that they were employed voluntarily, were compensated and provided benefits, but that they shouldn't have been allowed to work overtime.

But, according to the Financial Times, such work experience should be limited to just 40 hours a week. When we found that some students were allowed to work overtime, we took prompt action.

In total, 3,000 students aged 17 to 19 from the Zhengzhou Urban Rail Transit School were sent to work at the factory in September, according to the FT.

Apple is doing damage control today after reports that high school students were working illegal overtime on the iPhone X assembly line.

Apple's longtime manufacturing partner Foxconn has reportedly been employing students to work overtime illegally at its factories for assembling the iPhone X. The Financial Times has heard from six high school students in China who told the scribe that they regularly work 11-hour days to assemble Apple's new flagship device.

During the busy season in Foxconn's Zhengzhou factory, the number of workers would rise from 100,000 to 300,000 to build new iPhones to ship them around the world.

"We are being forced by our school to work here", said Ms Yang, an 18-year-old student training to be a train attendant who declined to use her first name for fear of punishment.

"When Apple's production demands it, Apple completely ignores the labor standards they have set", Li Qiang, executive director of China Labor Watch, wrote in an email. Apple told the media outlet that it was aware that student interns were "working overtime at a supplier factory in China".

All of the work conducted was voluntary, "and compensated appropriately", Foxconn said.

Despite the iPhone X being released two months after the iPhone 8, demand for the deluxe iPhone was not quelled. Manufacturers reportedly aren't building the 3D sensors for the phone's facial recognition camera technology fast enough to keep up with yield, forcing factories to bring on more workers.

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