Apple Supplier Foxconn Employs 14-Year-Olds

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  1. 725032 Guest

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    From Sky News;

    Apple Supplier Foxconn Employs 14-Year-Olds

    Last Updated 11:34 17/10/2012
    A company which makes products for tech giants Apple and Sony has admitted hiring children as young as 14 to work on its assembly lines in China.

    Foxconn, which builds gadgets including the iPhone and iPad, said it employed the underage workers as part of an internship programme at a factory in eastern Shandong province.

    It issued a statement saying: "This is not only a violation of China's labour law, it is also a violation of Foxconn policy.

    "Immediate steps have been taken to return the interns in question to their educational institutions.

    "We have found no evidence of similar violations in any of our other campuses in China, but we will not hesitate to take immediate action in any campus if any violations are discovered."

    Foxconn employs 1.2 million people in China, around 3% of whom are interns.

    Geoffrey Crothall, a spokesman for China Labour Bulletin, described them as a "cheap and convenient source of labour" that some vocational schools are happy to provide, as it helps boost their revenues.

    "The enterprises tend to be factories that need more hands on the production line," he said. "There is no real training or apprenticeship involved here."

    The discovery of underage workers is a fresh blow for Foxconn, just weeks after a brawl involving nearly 2,000 employees at one of its plants brought production to a halt.

    Earlier this year, the Fair Labour Association found some staff were forced to work more than 60 hours a week, and sometimes for more than 11 days in a row.

    In 2010, 13 workers committed suicide amid claims that Foxconn ran a military-style prodution line on which employees were told to work overtime for low wages.

    The company denied the claims, but promised to hire more counsellors and set up employee groups to watch for signs of emotional stress among staff.

    Earlier this year, Apple chief executive Tim Cook visited Foxconn's Zhengzhou Technology Park, which employs an estimated 120,000 people in the northern province of Hebei.

    The company's late founder Steve Jobs once claimed the company was "not a sweatshop".


    I wonder if Apple knew about this?!
     
  2. kot macrumors regular

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    So what? I started working at 14. I was very proud to have my own hard-earned money. I bought my first MP3 player and cell phone for my own money, not got them as a present from my parents or something like that.
     
  3. maflynn Moderator

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    Same here, My mother said you're getting a job, and contributing to the family. So we're criticizing people for working hard?
     
  4. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus

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    As long as it isn't forced labor by the company, I don't have a problem with it. I did a lot of voluntary, albeit paid, work when I was 14 and even a bit younger.
    We also need to keep in mind that this is happening in China, not the United States. Their ways and customs or better, needs, are different that ours. It may be perfectly acceptable for a 14 year old to work in a plant - I don't know. I think it's doubtful that China has laws regarding worker age. Maybe they do, maybe they don't.
     
  5. TedM macrumors 6502

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    Making money at 14. I'm in agreeance that as long as its not forced its cool. It suppose it could be forced in that he needs to work to make a living at that age. Thats hardly apples issue. More of the government in that area.
     
  6. GermanyChris, Oct 17, 2012
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    The three most important statements

    1 It's against the law
    2 The kiddies should have been in school
    3 the kids were/are being exploited by authority
     
  7. 725032 thread starter Guest

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    You hit the nail on the head.

    Im surprised by the relaxed nature of many comments here.

    I wonder if it would be different if it was a different company.
     
  8. GermanyChris macrumors 601

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    Yes it would, folks would be screaming..congressional inquiries etc.
     
  9. 725032 thread starter Guest

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    Its a shame people can be effected so much by loyalty to a brand
     
  10. Orange Crane macrumors 6502

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    Newsflash - the majority of your purchased goods were made in conditions that you wouldn't want to work in yourself. Slavery has not gone away, we've simply offshored it.
     
  11. chrono1081 macrumors 604

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    No offense but thats not even close. You will be hard pressed to find a single electronic item in your house that does not have a Foxconn component in it.

    People aren't surprised because this kind of thing happens all the time in China. Its sad but its true.
     
  12. 725032 thread starter Guest

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    No offence taken... You are entitled to your opinion
     
  13. GermanyChris macrumors 601

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    And we should probably go about fixing it
     

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