Apple initially said that the six secondary school students volunteered to help at the factory, but agreed that the management should not have allowed them to work such long hours. The Chinese plant has been using labor from 3,000 students. In China, the work week for children should not exceed 40 hours.
Apple assured reporters that the students were given compensation and benefits for their work.
Apple is dedicated to ensuring everyone in our supply chain is treated with the dignity and respect they deserve,
a statement from Apple reads.
iPhone X Demand Has Been ‘Off the Charts’
The tech giant also promised to protect employees from its supply chain. Foxconn which runs the internship program that involved the six Chinese interns told BBC News that immediate action had been taken to ensure that the students no longer work overtime.
The company underlined that students are just a fraction of its Chinese workforce, and the violation of labor laws reported by the Financial Times does not reflect the firm’s policies. The Taiwan-based supplier reportedly hired the students two months ago because the demand for iPhone X was higher than the expectations. Apple reported the demand for the new handset as being “off the charts”.
The iPhone accounts for more than half of the Cupertino, Calif-based company’s revenue. From July through September, more than 46 million iPhones were sold worldwide. iPhone X (with X being the Latin number for ‘ten’) marks the iPhone’s 10th anniversary. With a full price of $999, the iPhone X is the most expensive iPhone to date.
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