A new report out of the Financial Times talked about Chinese student interns working long hours, even breaking local worker laws during the iPhone X production. It is said that Foxconn hired more interns than usual as it fell short on iPhone X production. This eventually led to the company’s profits falling by 30% during the third quarter.
A total of 3,000 students were reported to have been working as interns for three months as part of a work experience program. Six of these students came forward to mention that they worked 11-hour long days, which is considered illegal overtime for student interns under Chinese law. The local law allows student interns to work 40 hours per week.
Ms Yang, an 18-year-old student said “We are being forced by our school to work here. The work has nothing to do with our studies.” Yang claims to have assembled 1,200 iPhone X cameras per day.
The report added “The students, aged 17 to 19, said they were told that a three-month stint at the factory was required “work experience” that they had to complete in order to graduate.” Apple, however, has denied this, mentioning that the students weren’t compelled to work that long. Apple said “We’ve confirmed the students worked voluntarily, were compensated and provided benefits, but they should not have been allowed to work overtime.”
Apple takes worker’s rights seriously and runs routine checks on its suppliers to ensure no laws or regulations are being broken. Even though Apple has denied the students’ claims, we wouldn’t be surprised if the company comes under fire for allegedly neglecting student workers’ rights.[Via FT]