Apple confirms that illegal labour was involved in iPhone X production plant
Nov 22, 2017 Business 3497 By Michelle Clarke
- Apple confirms that illegal labour was involved in iPhone X production plant.
- The students voluntarily worked overtime but were paid all their benefits
- It is against Apple's policy for interns to work more than 40 hours weekly.
Smartphone and computer manufacturer Apple Inc have confirmed that they are now aware that illegal student labour was accidentally involved in an iPhone X production plant which is in violation of Chinese labour laws.
The students involved are interns who voluntarily worked overtime which is ordinarily against Apple's policy with regards to interns and China's labour laws.
“We discovered instances of student interns working overtime at a supplier facility in China. We’ve confirmed the students worked voluntarily, were compensated and provided benefits, but they should not have been allowed to work overtime,” Apple said in a statement.
An initial report regarding the matter was published by Financial Times who quoted the students as saying that working overtime at the plant was a necessity before they could graduate from the internship programme.
“Our policies do not allow interns to work more than 40 hours per week on program-related assignments. Unfortunately, there have been a number of cases where portions of our campuses have not adhered to this policy,” Foxconn said in a statement, adding that the interns accounted for a small part of the workforce.
Apple further confirmed that their staff had been sent to the concerned plant to swiftly address the situation.