China: Students illegally working overtime to build Apple iPhone X

Foxconn has faced several allegations of poor treatment of workers at its Chinese factories

The students said that they had to do the work for Foxconn in order to graduate.

One student, who said the Zhengzhou Urban Rail Transit School "forced" them to work in the plants, told the publication that she had assembled 1,200 iPhone X cameras a day.

Last April, an intern for China Labor Watch described working 12-hours shifts in an iPhone assembly line at a Chinese plant while sitting in a backless chair and being punished when a machine broke, causing parts to get backed up.

Foxconn, Apple's primary supplier in Asia, has been using students to assemble the newly-released iPhone X, according to the Financial Times, even making them illegally work overtime. "This work has nothing to do with our studies".

In its statement, Foxconn said, "All work was voluntary and compensated appropriately, [but] the interns did work overtime in violation of our policy".

In the past, both Apple and Foxconn have been accused of poor labor practices, but Apple has been working on ways to improve their labor practices and do yearly reviews of its supply chains worldwide. "A team of specialists are on site at the facility working with the management on systems to ensure the appropriate standards are adhered to". High school workers are classified as interns under Chinese law, and when it comes to interns, it's illegal to make them work long hours or overtime, the FT reported.

This isn't the first time Apple and Foxconn have been criticized for labor exploitation.

He added that the suicides were caused by workers' personal relationships and family disputes and not by working conditions. Foxconn said it has taken action to correct the situation and will review the internship program to ensure that it's in compliance and that the event "will not be repeated".

The device, which was met with heavy demand and reportedly plagued by manufacturing setbacks, arrived more than seven weeks after the launch of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. The Taiwan-based electronics manufacturer, which employs about a million workers across China, is known for hiring students from vocational schools as temporary workers to help meet its production schedule.

Apple is frequently forced to answer questions raised by its suppliers' treatment of workers in China. Nevertheless, they acknowledged that the students shouldn't have been working overtime, and therefore they took "prompt action".

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