Apple confirms illegal iPhone X assembly shifts at Foxconn, says student interns worked 'voluntarily'

Apple confirms illegal iPhone X assembly shifts at Foxconn, says student interns worked 'voluntarily'
Foxconn, Apple's embattled iPhone assembler, may be under fire again, after a Financial Times investigation discovered six student interns working overtime to put together the iPhone X in time for all those early preorders to be fulfilled. The youngsters slaved over the conveyor belts for 11 hours straight in multiple instances, which breaches Chinese laws that puts in place safeguards for student interns.

The report, however, notes that the students wanted to work the long shifts voluntarily, yet there is a whiff of hypocrisy here, as they have also been asked to work at the Foxconn factories as obligatory "work experience" in order to graduate. It's not the first time that unsavory work conditions have been found at Foxconn's factories, which also assembles electronics for a vast amount of brands other than Apple, and the CEO Terry Gou was so annoyed by the complaints that he overworks the employees that threatened to replace them all with robots

Well, one of the 11-hour students in the report said they managed to assemble up to 1200 cameras for the iPhone X per shift, and apparently there was no robot to take over and work with such speed and precision. It must be that all the robots have already graduated. Apple launched its own investigation into the matter, and has come out with the following statement about the report: "We’ve confirmed the students worked voluntarily, were compensated and provided benefits, but they should not have been allowed to work overtime."

source: FT (subscription) via CNET

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27 Comments

1. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

With the state of AI and androids these days, how do they know the students are *not* robots?

23. HillaryClinton2020

Posts: 191; Member since: Feb 08, 2017

Haters gonna hate, these child workers will have a bright future for serving in favor of Apple. Unlike most android fans, keyboard worrior in the basement

24. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

They are Replicants.

2. Boast_Rider

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

Yeah, this is the crap that goes on in developing countries with surplus population like India and China. To get a job, you need experience(kind of a paradox!). Which led to companies coming out with the 'brilliant' idea of unpaid or really grueling internships, which make you work for 12+ hours a day with less than $0.5 per hour as wage. You'd think that at least there is a way to get SOME job. But wait, for even these jobs(basically working for free), you'd have to pass interviews and only some get it. Interesting that these companies have made even working for free seem like a privilege. Pathetic!

3. EC112987

Posts: 1215; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Don't know much about anything but China isn't a developing country.

9. Peacetoall unregistered

literally this if you want to know about china just visit one of their restaurants they don't even interact with you in a normal human behaviour.

11. Boast_Rider

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

With GDP per capita of less than $9000, I don't think you can call it developed. Sure, it's 10-15 years ahead of something like India, but I wouldn't call it developed. Just google it and tell me what you find. I don't think China or India can ever be developed in terms of pay scale. The gap is way too wide. An average Indian barely makes $2000 a year. An average European or American guy makes that much in 15 days! That is not a small gap.

17. KingSam

Posts: 1448; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Same for Jamaica. I want to leave this place.

19. theunspoken

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 06, 2017

We don't sell here in India in dollars, its in rupees, people are able to manage a pretty good life and simple lifestyle with simple earnings.

21. Odiin

Posts: 373; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

+ Well said, These guys are brainwashed & need to come out from "google" and western media propaganda

26. Boast_Rider

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

Dude, I live inIndia. Yes, it's cheap to live. But most of the guys who say that it's cheap to live are living in cities and are already 1% of the population. The median pay per year in India is $600. No wonder how cheap the country is, you can't live properly at 50$ a month. Oh wait, did I mention that all the goods that define good lifestyle like a car, TV, house, phones etc are more expensive in India than even countries with 20x wages. LOL. I am earning over 3 lakh per month in India, which enables me to have a very high standard of living considering how dirt cheap India is to live. But I am not delusional like you who have not seen how poor India is. I have seen how people struggle at the average wages in India(8k INR per month). And the median pay at 3k INR per month is unlivable IMO. So yeah, keep your delusional attitude that 'India is perfect and we have no issues' constant. It will make sure India never progresses.

20. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

With such a staggering population it's no wonder bribery and money laundering is so serious in China. I see what you're both getting at though. Equality is a major issue where only people "loyal" (from what I've seen is most commonly a façade for self gain) to the party are making the big bucks. And getting there isn't easy... people literally need to manipulate the poor to gain prestige. Now, this might be the case for Capitalist countries as well, but as it stands it's a more defined issue in China. To be fair, China is moving away from the manufacturing sector and their economy is moving towards consumption. A definite plus for human rights... although it's still got a long way to go before it meets international standards.

22. Odiin

Posts: 373; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Ever heard about cost of living? "The gap is way too wide"!

27. Boast_Rider

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

It's about 3.3x as per PPP(purchasing power parity). However, the gap in pay is wider(about 30 times). I live in India and have seen the lifestyle in US and UK. A guy earning average wage in India(8k INR per month) will have a much harder time living than someone earning average wage($3800 per month) in US.

8. DearSX

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 12, 2015

I would not use the word surplus population to describe people without jobs. There aren't currently enough jobs in the labor market for everyone, but that is not determined only by the number of people in the workforce, history has more to do with this. Like you said, this country is developing.

4. tokuzumi

Posts: 1900; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

The forgot to add "after the issue was discovered." at the end of this statement "We’ve confirmed the students worked voluntarily, were compensated and provided benefits, "

5. ijuanp03

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

"but they should not have been allowed to work overtime." and then? That's it Apple? This greedy company would just let this pass for the sake of selling more units.

6. TerryD

Posts: 546; Member since: May 09, 2017

Assembling an iPhone in less than 30 seconds. That's pretty good going.

7. mootu

Posts: 1517; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

It was the camera assembly not the full phone.

10. bassembm

Posts: 143; Member since: Dec 27, 2015

As always Apple is greedy as s**t

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Name one single for profit business, that isn’t greedy ass s**t...I’ll wait. Apple is just the best at it.

12. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Apple already knew, so this investigation is BS! It came out so now they are trying to cover their ass! A big F Y for apple!

13. apple-rulz

Posts: 2113; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

You know this how? You overheard Tim Cook on the phone?

16. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Sub part of their broken promisses... http://documentaryheaven.com/apples-broken-promises/

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Do your thing Apple, all for profit businesses are greedy.

18. Sania

Posts: 97; Member since: Nov 04, 2017

Now you know where all the misaligned camera in some iphones model come from...

25. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

"Ahahaha, we've been told for over half a decade that our Chinese suppliers use child labor and we don't really care. Now, go buy that new phone!"

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