Apple has denied allegations that the iPhone maker and their manufacturing partner Foxconn violated Chinese labour law.
According to a report from China Labour Watch (CLW), a watchdog based in New York City, more than half of the workforce employed at the company’s largest iPhone factory were temporary hires, with many termed ‘student interns’.
Chinese labour law states that temporary hires cannot exceed 10% of the total employed workers.
In September, many of those student workers returned to school, which led to a decrease in the number of temporary workers. The advocacy group said emphasised however that it was still greater than what the Chinese law allows.
In a statement, Apple said: “We looked into the claims by China Labour Watch and most of the allegations are false. We have confirmed all workers are being compensated appropriately, including any overtime wages and bonuses, all overtime work was voluntary and there was no evidence of forced labour.”
Foxconn confirmed that a review of its operations in Zhengzhou “did identify some workforce compliance issues,” CNBC reported.