IPhone X manufacturer, Foxconn caught using illegal student labor

iPhone X supplier under fire over student labor

But Apple and Foxconn have acknowledged that cases of illegal overtime did occur and that they are taking action to address the situation.

Undoubtedly, the pressure to deliver the new iPhone X alongside two other new iPhone models would have added to the labour overhead required to meet that demand - and using interns to assemble them isn't illegal in China in itself, but allowing them to work overtime is. The Financial Times reported Tuesday that 3,000 students from the Zhengzhou Urban Rail Transit School were sent to work at the local facility as interns.

"At this facility, student intern programs are short term and account for a very small percentage of the workforce".

"Our policies do not allow interns to work more than 40 hours per week on programme-related assignments. A team of specialists is on site at the facility working with the management on systems to ensure the appropriate standards are adhered to".

Yang, who prepares to be a train attendant, is among six high school students who told the outlet that they have been working 11-hour days to produce the iPhone X at a Foxconn plant in Zhengzhou city, Henan province. "The work has nothing to do with our studies".

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

Apple contracts out the assembly of its iPhones and other products to Taiwanese company Foxconn, also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry, which owns and operates several factories in China.

This is far from the first time Foxconn has come under scrutiny for its labor practices.

These efforts continue, and Apple's internal reports have claimed that conditions have improved generally since then.

Apple said that an audit confirmed the hours worked, but the company denied that students were made to work against their will. "All three Pegatron factories require workers to do overtime, especially during busy seasons", the report stated, in response to Apple's claims then that overtime work was voluntary.

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