Apple said teenagers worked voluntarily, but some secretly took overtime.
The Taiwanese company Foxconn, collecting iPhone X and other iPhones, responded to allegations of hiring underage workers. The statement stated that schoolchildren voluntarily worked in factories, and only some of them secretly took overtime.
As Foxconn and Apple stated, several students and schoolchildren came to work in September to assemble the iPhone X. Companies acknowledged that some interns violated China’s labor laws and worked more than 40 hours a week without compensation and additional weekends.
Foxconn and Apple have promised that they will not allow a repetition of the situation in the future. At Foxconn, they added that the trainees’ labor is “a small part of the entire production,” and the company will continue to closely monitor compliance with the rules.
When we discovered that some students were allowed to work overtime, prompt action was taken. The facilities are staffed by specialists who, together with employees, monitor compliance with labor standards.
On November 21, the Financial Times, citing six interns, Foxconn reported that minors are picking up an iPhone X 11 hours a day. According to the teenagers, they worked overtime for more than three months, because the school management set such a condition for graduation.