"During the course of a recent audit, we discovered instances of student interns working overtime at a supplier facility in China".
Undoubtedly, the pressure to deliver the new iPhone X alongside two other new iPhone models would have added to the labour overhead required to meet that demand - and using interns to assemble them isn't illegal in China in itself, but allowing them to work overtime is.
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Six students told the FT they routinely worked 11-hour days. "But they should not have been allowed to work overtime".
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The students, aged 17 to 19, said they were told that a three-month stint at the factory was required "work experience" that they had to complete in order to graduate.
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There were six students in total who spoke to the publication, saying they were sent along with a group of 3,000 students from Zhengzhou Urban Rail Transit School in September to work at Foxconn's facility.
Apple is dedicated to ensuring everyone in our supply chain is treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. The interns also constitute "a very small percentage of the workforce", the representative said. "A team of specialists are on site at the facility working with the management on systems to ensure the appropriate standards are adhered to".
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This is not the first time Apple is under fire for labor conditions in its Chinese suppliers. Back in 2012, reports of riots, suicides and poor working conditions at Foxconn factories came to light, forcing Apple to ask the Fair Labor Association to step in and inspect factory conditions. However, they claimed that the interns are working voluntarily.