Apple iPhone X reportedly assembled with illegal student labor

Apple iPhone X reportedly assembled with illegal student labor

The six students are between the ages of 17 and 19, and they told the Financial Times that three months working in the factory was mandatory "work experience" that was needed to graduate.

Apple and Foxconn both confirmed to the FT that students had been discovered working overtime and that they would be taking remedial action, but denied that the students were forced to work at the factory.

According to CNET, an Apple spokesperson conceded the students should not have been working late.

Apple supplier Foxconn illegally hired students to work overtime to build the iPhone X, according to The Financial Times. Students are classed as interns, making their overtime hours illegal under Chinese law, the Financial Times said. "But they should not have been allowed to work overtime".

More than five years ago, three other Foxconn plants in China were found to be in breach of numerous health and safety regulations, exceeding working hours - including some employees working for more than 11 days straight - and being over-reliant on student labour.

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Apple has confirmed a Financial Times report that high school students interning at Foxconn exceeded their legal hours while working on the iPhone X production line. Foxconn reportedly said that its internship program was carried out in co-operation with local governments and a number of vocational schools in China. "The work has nothing to do with our studies".

Hon Hai Precision Industry, more commonly known as Foxconn, came into the public consciousness earlier this decade when a salvo of exposés described the degrading and often risky conditions its poorly-paid workers endured to build expensive trinkets like the iPhone.

It's usual for Foxconn to take on temporary workers in peak iPhone season, including students, but the FT reports that more seasonal workers than usual were recruited as Foxconn tried to make up for lost time on iPhone X production.

Despite the iPhone X being released two months after the iPhone 8, demand for the deluxe iPhone was not quelled. One of the students reported that the day gathered more than a thousand cameras for the device from Apple.

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