Foxconn: THESE child workers were NOT making Apple products
What do they teach them in schools nowadays?
Apple manufacturer Foxconn has admitted that child labourers were working at one of its factories in China.
The Taiwanese firm said an internal investigation found employees as young as 14 working at its plant in Yantai in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong, according to China Labour Watch.
The US-based NGO said Foxconn had confirmed the underaged interns in the factory and was now sending them back to school.
Apparently, the interns were mainly sent to Foxconn from schools, but the firm hadn't checked their IDs. China's minimum legal working age is 16.
"The schools involved in this incident should take primary responsibility, but Foxconn is also culpable for not confirming the ages of their workers," CLW said.
Foxconn said in a statement to the Financial Times that the students had only worked at the factory for around three weeks and the plant was not involved in any work the manufacturer does for Apple.
Staff injustices are rife at Chinese firms and Foxconn has been under intensifying scrutiny as an Apple supplier. Its factories have seen worker suicides and riots amidst allegations of bullying, long working hours, unhealthy conditions, disgusting dorms and underage employees. ®
Obviously this is Apple's fault. Or not. How about all the other companies whose products are manufactured at Foxconn... going to boycott all of them too?
Re: Not a reason to refuse to buy an Apple product................
"But definitely a reason to not buy anything they produce until they get a positive report that all the problems are sorted and the workers are happy with conditions etc."
Or an Xbox... or a PS3... or a Wii... or a Kindle... Or... Or... the list goes on.
So, if they weren't making Apple products...
...how about naming and shaming whose products they WERE working on?
I remember doing work experience when I was about 14-15. Was I being exploited?
Re: It may not be anything to do with Apple
"just a bunch of killer apes."
I read "just a bunch of killer apps"... Must be the booze.