Thursday, 14 December, 2017

Students May Have Worked Overtime Illegally To Assemble iPhone X

Women work on the production line at the Foxconn plant in Shenzhen Guangdong province of China Women work on the production line at the Foxconn plant in Shenzhen Guangdong province
Terence Owen | 21 November, 2017, 20:43

The report of the illegal overtime comes as Apple has been seeing high demand for the iPhone X. Pre-order sales for the device were "off the charts", according to Apple.

Hon Hai Precision Industry, better known as Foxconn, reportedly used a group of 3,000 students from Zhengzhou Urban Rail Transit School to help assemble the iPhone X.

Apple supplier Foxconn illegally hired students to work overtime to build the iPhone X, according to The Financial Times.

More than five years ago, three other Foxconn plants in China were found to be in breach of numerous health and safety regulations, exceeding working hours - including some employees working for more than 11 days straight - and being over-reliant on student labour.

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Six students who were working at Foxconn's factory in Zhengzhou, China told the Financial Times that they "routinely" work 11 hours a day on the iPhone X assembly line.

All of the work conducted was voluntary, "and compensated appropriately", Foxconn said. According to Chinese law, high school students are not allowed to work that many hours. Foxconn said it has taken action to correct the situation and will review the internship program to ensure that it's in compliance and that the event "will not be repeated". "We are being forced by our school to work here ..."

In a response to the FT, Apple said an audit did find instances of student interns working overtime, adding that they were employed voluntarily, were compensated and provided benefits, but that they shouldn't have been allowed to work overtime. Apple told the media outlet that it was aware that student interns were "working overtime at a supplier factory in China". For the iPhone X - which faced production delays due to new components such as the TrueDepth suite of cameras and sensors, which enable facial recognition - the pressure to meet demand and the need for more seasonal workers were greater than in past years, says the Financial Times.

Zeng said he worked 12 hours a day screwing "1,800 screws into 1,800 iPhones" six days a week.

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