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AppleInsider reports on an interview with a representative of Hong Kong-based nonprofit Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM) claiming that Foxconn used advance knowledge of recent audits by the Fair Labor Association to hide underage workers from auditors. Specifically, the report addresses the issue of 16- and 17-year olds, who are permitted to work under Apple's supplier code of conduct if allowed under local laws, but with special restrictions on types and duration of their work.
[SACOM project officer Debby Sze Wan] Chan said she had heard from two Foxconn workers in Zhenghou last week that the manufacturer was "prepared for the inspection" by the Fair Labor Association that had been commissioned by Apple and began last week.

"All underage workers, between 16-17 years old, were not assigned any overtime work and some of them were even sent to other departments," Chan reported the workers as having said.
Other workers reported to the agency that Foxconn had relaxed certain policies such as by adding additional break periods ahead of the audits.

Fair Labor Association president Auret van Heerden noted to Nightline's Bill Weir in a segment that aired yesterday that his group always expects to receive "a show" when it arrives for its audits, but that its interview techniques and other strategies help to dig beneath the surface to find more accurate representations of working conditions.

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Chan's organization also focuses on issues of student labor, alleging that local Chinese governments have in some cases forced school to sent their students to Foxconn for internships even when the work is completely outside of their field of study.

Apple's high-profile presence and Foxconn's role as its largest manufacturing partner have cast the two firms into the spotlight over the issue of worker rights and factory conditions. The issues are of course not unique to the two companies, although Apple's public statements and attempts transparency have also contributed to the focused attention.

Article Link: Foxconn Accused of Hiding Underage Workers During Audits
 

SteveSparks

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ABC should have asked to speak with iPhone Girl.

https://forums.macrumors.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=131040&d=1219301308

Then the REAL truth would be revealed!
 
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batchtaster

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Of course. The investigation that disproves the conspiracy theory is itself a conspiracy theory.

You can always put on one more tin-foil hat.
 
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edk99

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I started working when I was 15, 10-20 hrs a week after school. What is the big deal? :confused:
 
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ThinkPin

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No Surprise!

Ok, but American Corporations are still more corrupt than any other.

Foxconn employs how many people?? Yeah, I'm sure it would be better if those jobs didn't exist...
 
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3282868

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...and so it begins...

On a similar note, I was surprised to learn that every iPhone and iPad is hand assembled. That is insane considering how many are sold.

Does anyone hold up the beer when driving by the cops? :rolleyes:

LOL I love that quote. I was surprised to learn from friends in Louisiana that you can buy drinks/liquor in drive-through windows (straws are optional). Course you can't drink 'em, but that made me laugh.
 
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fox10078

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Of course they did. They also hid the robots that whip the people to work.
 
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mattnotis

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Look on the bright side. At least they don't have to work retail and deal with crappy customers.:D:p
 
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swordfish5736

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...and so it begins...

On a similar note, I was surprised to learn that every iPhone and iPad is hand assembled. That is insane considering how many are sold.



LOL I love that quote. I was surprised to learn from friends in Louisiana that you can buy drinks/liquor in drive-through windows (straws are optional). Course you can't drink 'em, but that made me laugh.

There are two liquor stores in Louisville, ky that had drive thrus one would just sell bottled stuff but the other sold alcoholic slushi's.

I started working when I was 14 50hrs a week during the summer and 20-25 during the school year
 
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DerekRod

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There are two liquor stores in Louisville, ky that had drive thrus one would just sell bottled stuff but the other sold alcoholic slushi's.

I started working when I was 14 50hrs a week during the summer and 20-25 during the school year

Yeah sadly US labor laws limit the amount of work a child under 18 can work the time they are a changin'
 
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