Apple confirms that illegal labour was involved in iPhone X production plant

- Apple confirms that illegal labour was involved in iPhone X production plant

- The students voluntarily worked overtime but were paid all their benefits and wages

- 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

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