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Apple says supplier in Asia worked teens illegally on iPhoneX

Apple says supplier in Asia worked teens illegally on iPhoneX

Approximately 3000 students work at the Zhengzhou plant, and according to Apple these secondary school students do so voluntarily, but a report from the Financial Times found that at least six of these interns had worked 11-hour days. Such long work days are illegal for student interns as per China's laws.

The Foxconn Technology Group, which operates an internship programme at the Chinese factory, told the BBC in a statement that it took "immediate action to ensure that no interns are carrying out any overtime work". "We've confirmed the students worked voluntarily, were compensated and provided benefits, but they should not have been allowed to work overtime", the Apple representative wrote in an email. It has agreed that the overtime work violated its own policy that prohibits students from working more than 40 hours a week.

The U.S. International Trade Commission on Tuesday recommended tariffs to keep Samsung and LG from flooding the U.S. market with cheap washers, a step that would protect American appliance giant Whirlpool. They were told that they had to work at the Foxconn factory for three months before they could graduate.

2 p.m.: Federal Reserve releases minutes from its October interest-rate meeting. "Underage workers often enter the factories as student "interns" required to work at the factories by vocational schools". "Unfortunately, there have been a number of cases where portions of our campuses have not adhered to this policy", Foxconn said in a statement, adding that the interns accounted for a small part of the workforce.

Apple is dedicated to ensuring everyone in our supply chain is treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.

Peter Nicholls  Reuters
Students said they were forced to work at the factory in order to graduate. Apple has denied that the program wasn't voluntary
Peter Nicholls Reuters Students said they were forced to work at the factory in order to graduate. Apple has denied that the program wasn't voluntary

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

We required the supplier to provide safe passage home for the underage worker and to continue paying their wages while also providing an educational opportunity.

"All work was voluntary and compensated appropriately", Foxconn told 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.


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