BEACON TRANSCRIPT – A recent report revealed that one Apple supplier from China is using illegal student labor to assemble the new iPhone X. The supplier in question is Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn. The demand for the new smartphone is incredibly hard to keep up with, which prompted the supplier to resort to extreme measures.
Foxconn had to meet the huge demand of iPhone X
The report discovered around 3,000 students working illegally in one of the Foxconn factories. The students came from Zhengzhou Urban Rail Transit School, and were aged between 17 and 19. They admitted working around 11 hours per day for the assemblage of the iPhone X.
It appears the students didn’t end up in the factory willingly. They claimed their school forced them to work there for three months in an internship program. However, it doesn’t help them with anything in their studies. However, they do need to finish an internship to graduate.
The situation was brought to Apple’s attention, and the company said it would get involved immediately. Both the company and the factory claim the students weren’t forced to work there. However, they will take action against the extra hours they might have to work, as working overtime among students is illegal in China.
Foxconn is known for treating workers badly
Foxconn admitted that they usually hire students between the months of August and December. Since the employees face excessive demands they can’t meet, they usually need help in assembling the iPhones. During these periods, the number of employees working in the factory usually rises from 100,000 to 300,000.
Unfortunately, Foxconn has a long history in illicit practices. In 2012, a report revealed the factory offered workers extremely poor conditions, which increased the number of riots and suicides among the employees. The iPhone demand on the market is huge, but resorting to extreme conditions to increase production is never a solution.
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