Foxconn admits it has hired underage interns, but it's schools that sent them

Foxconn admits it has hired underage interns, but it's schools that sent them
Foxconn has admitted that it has violated the Chinese law by using the labor of underage workers (more precisely interns), but it’s mostly the fault of the school that sent them. Of course, that’s no excuse for Foxconn not checking their ID cards, so it’s now rightly getting part of the blame.

"We recognize that full responsibility for these violations rests with our company and we have apologized to each of the students for our role in this action," Foxconn explained in a statement. "Any Foxconn employee found, through our investigation, to be responsible for these violations will have their employment immediately terminated."

The China Labor Watch group was among the first to bring this issue into the public’s eye, and while it also admits schools bear the most responsibility, Foxconn is also culpable.

Interestingly, while you’d expect that this has something to do with Apple, you’d be wrong. Turns out, it was the Foxconn Yantai factory that had underage workers (and that means children aged 14 to 16). And Foxconn Yantai is known for making Sony devices actually.

Hopefully, that’s an isolated incident. Most recently, Foxconn was accused of hiring underage workers as it needed more people to make the iPhone 5.

source: China Labor Watch via Associated Press

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15 Comments

1. ibap

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

OF COURSE they didn't know. HAH! And what did they pay them? Wait - in the US, "interns" are often unpaid. So did they do any differently?

2. a1000smiles4u

Posts: 84; Member since: Apr 24, 2012

It's like ... we are not into flesh trade, pimps send them to us and we make them to work.

3. Bigbluetundra

Posts: 45; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

"Well the CLUB let her in, how was I to know she was underage?" It's nice to see Foxconn try the often unsucessful 'R-Kelly defense'

4. toiletcleaner

Posts: 224; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

Is there any McDonald inside of Foxconn? all my friends work at McDonald and get a free chicken fingers. did this kids got a free phone? or they need to paid a full price plus tax. at least they dont paid the shipping ( I hope )

5. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Terrible!!! It gets worse by the day. And what an excuse. Reminds me of what a pedofile says when caught red handed: I didnt know she was underage!!! Sick bastards.

6. Republican

Posts: 99; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

Big deal. Send more kids. It's the third world, and in the free markets system if they are willing to work so be it.

7. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Troll.

14. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

no sense for human relief.

8. Aeires unregistered

If one branch got caught, there's no doubt the other branches are doing the same thing, just haven't gotten caught yet. Blaming it on the schools, Foxconn is pathetic.

9. Republican

Posts: 99; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

Why? The way of China, and India are the best models for corporate governance and productivity. If a cheap labor pool exists it is our duty to exploit it for maximum profitability. US workers are too expensive, otherwise we could create millions of paying jobs here as well.

10. Aeires unregistered

Life, it's a great thing. You should try getting one and stop acting like a capitalist pig.

15. metalpoet unregistered

republican, your a sick demented worhtless excuse of a human! PIG! How about we send your a** to china and india and not pay you to make the worst phone ever!

11. Topcat488

Posts: 1411; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

"Interestingly, while you’d expect that this has something to do with Apple, you’d be wrong. Foxconn was accused of hiring underage workers as it needed more people to make the iPhone 5". All I can say about the above statement is, interestingly, i wasn't born yesterday!

12. Topcat488

Posts: 1411; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

To all you people out there that think i'm a Apple hater, i'm not... I own a iphone 3G, iphone 4, and sent this post from my 27" imac... My main smartphone is the original SG-Note, waiting on the SG Note 3, because i don't like the 16:9 ratio of SG Note II. But i don't like some of the things that Apple has done lately. I'll most likely be buying the iphone 5s, when it comes out, and put that ip4 to rest. O,ö

13. thelegend6657 unregistered

All those people out there that always against apple , you can't say anything now ?

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