Apple finds Foxconn interns worked illegal overtime on iPhone X


Six students, ages 17 to 19, claimed they'd regularly worked 11-hour days at a Foxconn-run factory as part of workweeks over 40 hours, violating Chinese labour laws concerning overtime for student interns.

Student labor is common in China, but workers must be paid, their positions must be voluntary, and they can not exceed working 40 hours a week.

The students that spoke out were part of a group of 3,000 from the Zhengzhou Urban Rail Transit School.

Workers at a Foxconn facility in 2010.

While Apple and Foxconn have already acknowledged they had discovered cases of student interns working overtime and said they were taking remedial action, both companies said the students were working voluntarily.

The spokesperson said Foxconn would work with local governments and vocational schools to organize its internship program. An 18-year-old student told reporters that she has to assembled as many as 1,200 iPhone cameras in a single day.

Foxconn is Apple's primary supplier in Asia. You might even be able to guess which supplier operates the plant they were working at-and not because the list of iPhone X assemblers is so short. "A team of specialists are on site at the facility working with the management on systems to ensure the appropriate standards are adhered to". Representatives of the school still has not commented on the situation.

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Apple has hit more than one snag in the production of its recently launched iPhone X.

Meanwhile, Foxconn said that "all work was voluntary and compensated appropriately, [but] the interns did work overtime in violation of our policy", which prohibits student interns from working more than 40 hours a week. "The issue remains unresolved as the company has production targets to meet".

Read the full article at the Financial Times.

According to early rumors, it's possible that Samsung is working on FaceID-like features for it's next iteration of the Galaxy smartphone as it looks to better position itself against Apple's iPhone X. However, early rumors on the device point to plenty of software upgrades for the S9 with limited improvements in the actual hardware.

Apple has confirmed that the students worked illegal overtime, but deny claims that the students were forced.

The illegal overtime problems are also nothing new.