Apple has launched an internal investigation of judgmental reports claiming that the Quanta Computer illegally employed secondary students to assemble Apple Watch devices in Chongqing, China, which eventually pushed employees to work overtime and night shift.
Here's what Apple said answer to these statements:
We investigate as soon as the student interview report that was added in September, working overtime and night shift. We have zero tolerance for non-compliance with our standards and we provide prompt action and appropriate remedies if we notice breach of the supplier code.
Monday's report from The Financial Times said that students and scholars against corporate misbehavior (Sacom), a Hong Kong-based labor rights group, had discovered this after interviewing 28 such students this summer at a factory in Quanta, Chongqing.
From the report:
The students said they were sent to the factory by their teachers for internships, but did the same jobs as other assembly workers and often work overtime and night shift, both of which are illegal for student intuitions in Chinese law.
Eleven students said that their teachers told them they would not graduate on time if they did not complete the internships. All 28 students said they worked with overtime and night shift.
A student told Sacam that they were scheduled to work night shots from 8:00 to 8:00 with just one day of the week while another described the repetitivity of the job by saying, "We repeat the same procedure for hundreds and thousands of times every day, like a robot. "
It is not unusual for local authorities in China to actively encourage schools to deliver local factories, hoping it can attract investment to the area. In a previous investigation, Sacom had discovered similar breakdowns at Quanta Chongqing facilities, but Apple denied that the plant was part of its supply chain (which may have been true at that time).
 This is not the first time Apple's Asian suppliers were targeted by Sacom.
Last year, for example, Secom showed that student instructors illegally had worked overtime at Foxconns iPhone facility in Zhengzhou, and allowed the company to finish the exercise.
Other reports similar to these plants to sweat were published in 2011 and 2012.