Apple accused of Chinese student labor abuse

Local | 22 Sep 2017 1:38 pm

A labor rights group has marked the start of sales of Apple's latest iPhone and smartwatch in Hong Kong with a report accusing one of its manufacturers of exploiting student interns on the mainland.

The group, Students and Scholars against Corporate Misbehaviour, said today that young people interning at a factory of Taiwan-based Quanta Computer in Chongqing are made to work as production line workers, even though they are studying unrelated subjects, RTHK reports.

The group said students are made to work over 12 hours a day, and are also given night shifts.

Michael Ma from the group, who led a protest outside Apple's store in Causeway Bay, said Apple and Quanta were obviously breaking labor regulations.

"The students were arranged by the vocational schools around the factory. They are just getting around 1,500 renminbi per month," Ma said.

"If they don’t go to work as an intern they will not be able to graduate… their accommodation and food subsidies will be cancelled in the schools. So we think they are working under threat”.-Photo: RTHK

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