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IPhone X assembly carried out by students working illegal overtime

IPhone X assembly carried out by students working illegal overtime

Foxconn, Apple's main supplier in Asia, has reportedly been employing students to illegally work overtime to assemble the iPhone X, due to the company struggling to keep up with production demands. Half a dozen students told the publication they regularly worked 11-hour days building the iPhone X.

The Financial Times interviewed six students, aged 17 to 19, who claim that the Zhengzhou Urban Rail Transit School is forcing them to work at the factory for three months in order to fulfill the "work experience" requirement to graduate.

"We are being forced by our school to work here", an 18-year-old student who assembled up to 1,200 iPhone X cameras per day told the Financial Times.

Although the students' school refused to comment on the report, both Foxconn and Apple told the FT that they did discover that some students were working extra hours on the iPhone X assembly line or in the factory.

"This work has nothing to do with our studies".

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

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The report cited only six workers out of the thousands working at the facility. While Apple has a 60-hour workweek limit for suppliers, with at least one rest day every week, the students were supposed to have a 40-hour cap.

In its statement, Foxconn said, "All work was voluntary and compensated appropriately, [but] the interns did work overtime in violation of our policy". But in an effort to get back on track with the high order volume, Foxconn may have coerced a bunch of Chinese interns to work ungodly amounts of hours-and held their high school diplomas hostage until the job was complete. The education ministry of the province in which these students studied and worked had asked local vocational schools to send students to Foxconn, according to one of Financial Times' sources.

"Apple actually knew about this a couple of weeks ago, however they haven't resolved the issue yet", Qiang added. In 2012, another report by the New York Times also detailed poor work conditions at factories overseas, which included explosions at the facilities that make iPhones and iPads.

According to CNET, an Apple spokesperson conceded the students should not have been working late.

The illegal overtime problems are also nothing new.


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