A Hong Kong-based human rights group has claimed that secondary students are being illegally employed at Quanta Computer to work at the Apple Watch collection in mainland China. The company was reported last month to work with "maximum capacity" in the production of Apple Watch Series 4.
It is alleged that the students were sent to Quanta by their teachers for "internship" …
Financial Times reported about the claim.
Sacom, a Hong Kong-based human rights group, claimed that Quanta Computer, a Taiwanese Apple vendor, illegally used students to assemble Apple Watches in the Chinese city of Chongqing.
Sacom said that it had interviewed 28 high school students at the Quanta Computer Factory in Chongqing this summer. The students said they were sent to the factory by their teachers for "internship" but did the same jobs as other assembly workers and often work overtime and night shift, both of which are illegal for student interns in Chinese law.
Eleven students said that teachers told them that they would not pass the exam on time if they did not complete the internships. All 28 students said they worked overtime and night shift.
Such work training schemes are legal if voluntary, but working hours are limited by law.
A student quoted said that the work was a robot in its repetitivity.
Sacom also quoted another student who said that "about 120 students" from school worked on the fourth floor of the F5 plant in the Quanta area of Chongqing. "We repeat the same procedure for hundreds and thousands of times every day, like a robot," said the student.
Apple has allegedly opened an investigation of the allegations. The company sets strict criteria for its suppliers, which naturally contain the requirement to comply with labor legislation.
If the claims are substantiated, it will not be the first time this has happened. Nearly a year ago, iPhone fitter Foxconn was found to hire student interviews through a work experience program. It was alleged that the students were forced to perform the work as a condition of upgrading and that they surpassed their legal working hours while on the iPhone X production line.
An Apple survey in that case found no evidence of forced labor but confirmed that the students worked more than the legal limit of 40 hours per week.
Apple publishes an annual report on supplier liability, describing its own audits in employment. The latest, published in March this year, revealed 44 & nbsp; kernel break & # 39; following a revision of 756 suppliers in 30 countries.
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