IPhone X assembly carried out by students working illegal overtime

IPhone X assembly carried out by students working illegal overtime

IPhone X assembly carried out by students working illegal overtime

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", Apple said, adding that they "should not have been allowed to work overtime". This is considered as illegal overtime for student interns in China.

One student claimed to assemble as many as 1,200 iPhone X handsets a day.

The students were reportedly 17 to 19 years old. The interns also constitute "a very small percentage of the workforce", the representative said.

Students at Foxconn, Apple's main Asian supplier, told the Financial Times they worked 11 hour days assembling the flagship device in Zhengzhou in China.

Apple said in its statement to Quartz that it "is dedicated to ensuring everyone in our supply chain is treated with the dignity and respect they deserve". We know our work is never done and we'll continue to do all we can to make a positive impact and protect workers in our supply chain.

This "work experience" was a graduation requirement for the school, which meant the students were forced to labor if they wanted a diploma.

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

Apple's iPhone X has faced production problems. Back in 2012, reports of riots, suicides and poor working conditions at Foxconn factories came to light, forcing Apple to ask the Fair Labor Association to step in and inspect factory conditions. The investigation didn't mention how many days the students are required to work but stated that their hours violated Chinese law, which prohibits student interns from working more than 40 hours per week. However, they claimed that the interns are working voluntarily.

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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