SACOM, a Hong Kong-based human rights group, claims that Quanta Computers — one of Apple’s key Taiwanese supplier — is employing high school students for assembling Apple Watch units in its factory in Chongqing, China.
The claims are based on interviews with 28 high school students who worked at the Quanta Computer factory in Chongqing this summer. The students were sent to the factory by their school on the pretext of internships but they ended up performing the same tasks as other assembly line workers which included assembling Apple Watch units. Worse, the students were forced to work overtime and even night shift which violates the Chinese law.
Sacom said it had interviewed 28 high school students at the Quanta Computer factory in Chongqing this summer. The students said they were sent to the factory by their teachers for ‘internships,’ but performed the same jobs as other assembly line workers and often worked overtime and night shifts, both of which are illegal for student interns under Chinese law.
As per the report, there were hundreds of high school children working in the factory. Apple has already started investigating the claims made in the report. The Cupertino company is very strict about the working environment and rules for its suppliers and any violation can lead to Quanta Computers either losing out on its contract with Apple or being penalized heavily.
Apple’s Chinese suppliers have been frequently accused of illegal production practices including employing underage workers, making its workers work above and beyond the weekly limit, and more. Last time around,
[Via Financial Times]