Apple's iPhone X built with illegal overtime teen labour: FT

Doris Richards
November 21, 2017

Both Apple and Foxconn confirmed to the Financial Times that students worked overtime.

Students from Zhengzhou Urban Rail Transit School told the Financial Times that they were part of a group of 3,000 teenagers sent into a Foxconn facility to meet demand for the iPhone X. Apple and Foxconn acknowledged to the FT that they had discovered cases of student interns working overtime and said they were taking remedial action. The company has, however, denied claims that the students were forced to carry out the work as a condition of graduation from school. She reportedly said that she assembled 1,200 iPhone X cameras a day, adding "This has nothing to do with our studies".

The school did not comment on the article, which marks the latest black mark for the tech company and the Taiwan-based supplier criticized for the conditions behind the gadgets that make their way to consumer's hands.

The students reportedly told The Financial Times that they must complete three months of "work experience" in the factory in order to graduate.

"We've confirmed the students worked voluntarily, were compensated and provided benefits, but they should not have been allowed to work overtime", an Apple spokesperson told the newspaper.

Apple's latest model the NZ$1799 iPhone X, faced hiccups in production
Reuters Apple's latest model the NZ$1799 iPhone X, faced hiccups in production

Apple's iPhone X - launched 10 years after the first iPhone - has been plagued by production issues that meant it ended up shipping in November instead of September, which is when Apple usually starts shipping its new iPhones.

According to a long-time Foxconn employee, the Zhengzhou factory hires students every year during the busy season between August and December.

But this year, the need for seasonal workers was greater, the employee added.

Apple's iPhone X has faced production problems. Apple has said demand for the device was "off the charts". According to Foxconn, the internship programme is conducted in co-operation with the local government and vocational schools in China, though it stated that it prohibits student interns working more than 40 hours a week.

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