BEIJING (Reuters) – Smartphone maker Apple Inc and its biggest
manufacturing partner on Wednesday said that a small number of
the students were discovered working overtime in their Chinese factory,
violating local labor laws.
Students worked voluntarily in the factory for more than 11
hours a day as part of a school internship program in a plant
by Hon Hai Precision Co Ltd, also known as Foxconn, the
"We discovered instances of internal students who work overtime in a
installation of suppliers in China. We have confirmed that the students worked
voluntarily, they were compensated and provided benefits, but
should not have been allowed to work overtime, "Apple said in a
Apple and Foxconn have been accused of bad labor practices in
the past, but the tech giant of the United States has been trying to get a
control of such problems, launching annual reviews of the iPhone
The violations announced this week come when the company is
extends to meet the demand for its new iPhone X, which began
shipment this month.
A previous Financial Times report cited six students who
he worked overtime at the plant saying that the program was mandatory
so that they graduate
The FT report said that students, between 17-19 years old, were being
forced by his school to participate in the internship.
"Our policies do not allow interns to work more than 40 hours per person
week in badignments related to the program. Unfortunately, there have been
There have been a number of cases where parts of our campuses do not have
He adhered to this policy, "Foxconn said in a statement, adding that
the interns represented a small part of the labor force.
Apple's statement said that the company had sent personnel to the
site to address the violations.
Labor rights groups have previously criticized Apple and Foxconn
for excessive overtime, hire underage workers and not
Provide health insurance.
Since 2012, Apple says it has reduced the number of minors
workers in its extended supply chain, which includes locations
where the rare earth minerals are mined for use in smartphones.
(Report by Cate Cadell in Beijing and Brenda Goh in Taipei;
Edition by David Goodman)