The tech giant taiwanese Foxconn, which assembles including the iPhone, acknowledged Friday they have imposed overtime and night work for young interns in a plant in china, referring to the "laxity" of local officials.
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"It has happened in the past that the laxity of a part of the local leadership has led to this kind of practices... This is not acceptable and we have taken immediate steps to prevent recurrence," said the group in a press release.
hundreds Of teens from 16 to 18 years of age
This mea culpa from the largest subcontractor to the world of electronic devices occurs after the publication of a survey on Thursday by The Guardian , revealing that hundreds of students from 16 to 18 years were enrolled for the manufacture of the wizards voice digital Alexa from the american Amazon for over two months. If legally the students of this age are allowed to work in China, they did not, however, but not the right to stay in their position nor in the night nor in extra hours, says the british daily.
in addition, the largest private employer in the country has also acknowledged Friday that"at certain times" the percentage of trainees in the workforce had exceeded the levels legal. Foxconn has said it has taken steps to comply with the law.
poor working conditions are pointed out in the past
The company, which employs more than one million people in China, had already been suspected in the past to inflict its employees with poor working conditions, after the suicide of several employees.
Officially named Hon Hai Precision Industry, the group had also admitted in 2012 that he had illegally employed children of age 14 in a chinese factory.
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