The legal working age in China is 16 years old, but Foxconn hired children from 14-16 years of age as interns

Just when it seems like things couldn't get any worse at Foxconn, another occurrence is added to the list. This time, it's child labor. 
Foxconn has admitted that it hired underage interns at its Yantai facility in the Shandong Province. The legal working age in China is 16 years old, but an internal investigation uncovered that children from 14-16 years of age were interning at the Foxconn facility. 
The internal investigation came right after the watchdog group, China Labor Watch, outed Foxconn for the underage interns. The group said that it had proof, and that schools had sent the underage interns to Foxconn to work. However, Foxconn failed to check the IDs of the students to make sure they were of legal age.
"This is not only a violation of China's labor law, it is also a violation of Foxconn policy and immediate steps have been taken to return the interns in question to their educational institutions," said Foxconn in a statement. "We are also carrying out a full investigation, in cooperation with the respective educational institutions, to determine how this happened and the actions that must be taken by our company to ensure that it can never happen again."
Other more grim reports have been coming out of China about Foxconn as well, saying that the electronics assembly plants have forced interns to produce devices, such as the iPhone, in order to receive full academic credit. Other reports have said that Foxconn forced overtime on the interns. Foxconn said the Fair Labor Association (FLA), which regularly audits the plants, found no such thing. 
About 2.7 percent of Foxconn's 1.2 million workers in China are interns. 
Foxconn has had plenty of employee issues over the past few years. Much of it has to do with poor working conditions, such as crowded dorms, dangerous working environments, too much overtime and little pay. This led many employees to commit suicide
The Foxconn factories even experienced explosions due to a build-up of aluminum dust, which was used to polish iPads. 
Earlier this year, Foxconn was called out by The New York Times in a report about its poor working conditions. The report specifically targeted Apple, saying that the tech giant did nothing while Foxconn continuously violated the company's code of conduct. Ever since, FLA audits have seen improvements in the way of overtime and pay, but clearly, Foxconn still needs some work. 

Source: CNET

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