Foxconn and Apple face controversy over student worker overtime claims ars_ab.settitle(1208557)

Foxconn and Apple face controversy over student worker overtime claims ars_ab.settitle(1208557)

Foxconn and Apple face controversy over student worker overtime claims ars_ab.settitle(1208557)

Nonprofit advocacy group China Labor Watch for years has reported violations at Apple suppliers, including forcing workers to work 150 hours of overtime per month, employing underage and student workers for dismal wages, and exposing workers to toxic chemicals without appropriate training. According to the six students, there are about 3,000 students assembling parts.

The "Foxconn City" park outside of Shenzhen came under global scrutiny in 2010 after media reports about 18 suicide attempts and 14 deaths that year. Such long work days are illegal for student interns as per China's laws. Foxconn reportedly said that its internship program was carried out in co-operation with local governments and a number of vocational schools in China.

This isn't the first time that Foxconn has come under fire for less-than-ideal working conditions. Hon Hai is the exclusive assembler of the iPhone X and Apple didn't start selling its marquee device until November, nearly two months after the iPhone 8 hit shelves.

Apple did not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation's request for comment by time of publication.

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One student claimed to have made 1,200 camera modules a day, an assignment she said had nothing to do with her studies.

"Apple actually knew about this a couple of weeks ago, however they haven't resolved the issue yet", Qiang added. Both companies said the students were working voluntarily, according to the FT. The investigation didn't mention how many days the students are required to work but stated that their hours violated Chinese law, which prohibits student interns from working more than 40 hours per week. During this period, staff numbers at the Zhengzhou factory can triple from 100,000 to more than 300,000, the employee reportedly told The Financial Times.

According to the FT's report, a group of 3,000 students from the Zhengzhou Urban Rail Transit School were sent to work at Apple's Zhengzhou factory as part of the aforementioned program. But Apple's statement, which Ars Technica has in full, insists the students "worked voluntarily, were compensated and provided benefits", while Foxconn's statement echoes that "all work was voluntary and compensated appropriately".

The illegal overtime problems are also nothing new.

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