If from one side to Apple praised for trying to get rid of child labor in the Congo mines, on the other she pointed out as vile for allowing work by minors in the production of iPhone X.
According to Financial times, there were 3,000 high school students working in a Foxconn (which is Apple's main partner in iPhone X production) in Zhengzhou, China.
Six of them said that they worked recurrently for 11 hours a day, which is illegal work because it is beyond the allowed in the country.
Students, aged 17-19, said they were informed that a three-month period at the factory as a “work experience” was required before they could complete their degree.
One of the girls further stated that they were “forced by school” to work there, even though what they did had nothing to do with their studies.
She said she was assembling about 1,200 iPhones X cameras a day.
Apple, for its part, confirmed that one of its audits had revealed illegal overtime by internal students, but denied they were forced to participate.
We confirm that students worked voluntarily, were compensated and had benefits, but should not be allowed to work overtime.
At this time of year, it is normal for Foxconn to increase the body of temporary workers who may include students to improve the workforce to make the new iPhones.
The big problem here, however, is that the legal limit for a student to work in China is 40 hours a week.
While Foxconn's primary responsibility is, many things fall on Apple's shoulders, which is why it often conducts audits to ensure compliance with the law and its own rules and procedures within factories.
Update 11/23/2017 s 11:20 AM
After appearing in vehicles around the world, the news that contained "Apple" and "illegal work" in the same post ended up having a positive effect.
This is because BBC He now reports that Foxconn, claiming that interns are a small percentage of its workforce, said it would take "immediate action to ensure that no interns are doing any work beyond the permitted time."
Apple, as always in a dreamy speech, said the company "is dedicated to ensuring that everyone in our supply chain is treated with the dignity and respect they deserve." In addition, Ma reminds us that work will never stop, but that it will continue to do its best to “make a positive impact” and to “protect workers” from its supply chains.
What doesn't make a little pressure on the media, anyway? Just wondering if the speech actually happens in practice.