Six students aged 17 to 19 claimed they had worked 11-hour days on a regular basis after their school, Zhengzhou Urban Rail Transit School, required them to work at the factory for three months as work experience before they could graduate.
The report cited only six workers out of the thousands working at the facility. Such long work days are illegal for student interns as per China's laws.
In the wake of the shocking allegations, both Apple and Foxconn have respectively confirmed "instances of students working overtime", according to the report, which added that both companies are now taking action steps to remedy the situation.
The spokesperson said Foxconn would work with local governments and vocational schools to organize its internship program.
"We are being forced by our school to work here", said Ms Yang, an 18-year-old student training to be a train attendant who declined to use her first name for fear of punishment.Читайте также: 2.6 million Floridians to travel during Thanksgiving holiday, AAA says
Foxconn and Apple have come under scrutiny for conditions and circumstances of labor in China before.
Meanwhile, Foxconn said that "all work was voluntary and compensated appropriately, [but] the interns did work overtime in violation of our policy", which prohibits student interns from working more than 40 hours a week. She assembles up to 1,200 cameras for the iPhone X daily.
The revelation comes after numerous reports pointed to production issues causing delays for the iPhone X. Apple released the iPhone X November 3 and has been ramping up production of the device to meet consumers' demands this holiday season. Foxconn has been hiring student workers for years, but Apple still hasn't done enough to limit the work hours, according to Li. The company said a team of specialists are on site at the facility working with management on systems to ensure appropriate standards are adhered to. Both companies said the students were working voluntarily, according to the FT. During this period, staff numbers at the Zhengzhou factory can triple from 100,000 to more than 300,000, the employee reportedly told The Financial Times. They were sent to work at the factory run by Foxconn Technology Group, an Apple supplier, in September.
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