The working conditions of the factories with which he works, again under the shadow of suspicion. The American technological multinational Apple has come to the step of the supposed irregularities in the hiring of employees in China after knowing that its partner, Foxconn, one of its main suppliers, employed students irregularly for the manufacture of the iPhone X, the last device of the company.
“In a recent audit we discovered that students work overtime in a supplier facility in China,” the company said in a statement published in which it claims to have verified that “the students worked voluntarily” and “were compensated”, but “I do not know I should have allowed them to work overtime. ”
This polemic arose after the publication of a report in the newspaper “Financial Times” in which it was assured that at least six students were sent to work at the factory of iPhone X in Zhengzhou (China) and that they worked 11 hours a day, a situation that violates local labor laws that prevent students from working more than 40 hours per week. [Graph produced by Statista]
“Apple is dedicated to ensuring that everyone in our supply chain is treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. We know that our work never ends and we will continue doing everything possible to have a positive impact and protect workers in our supply chain, “the company said.
The iPhone X was introduced a few weeks ago and, with a starting price of 1,159 euros, is the most expensive smartphone that the company has taken out. The Taiwanese company Foxconn, known on the island as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, is the world’s largest manufacturer of electronic components for brands such as Apple, Hewlett Packard Co, Nokia and Dell Inc., and has more than one million employees in its manufacturing in China.
It is not the first time that the North American firm is involved in a similar controversy. Around the factories used there have been cases in the past of employees who have come to commit suicide due to job pressures.