Alexa, were you assembled by a 16-year old?

Foxconn, that is the world’s largest contract maker of electronic components for silicon valley giants (like Apple, Amazon & Google) and other traditional brands like Sony & Dell. It operates more than a dozen factories in China alone.

Overtime-Internships at Foxconn

Foxconn partnered with schools & technical institutes to hire young interns and more than 1500 interns opted to work at the company’s facilities this year.

While the legal minimum age to work in China is 16-years, no company is permitted to make anyone below the age of 18 to work overtime, but Foxconn found a way around.

These interns were accompanied by their teachers every day, who in turn were paid to control uncooperating students and pressure them into accepting over-time shifts by reminding them of the importance of a well-formed CV, training etc.

The Numbers

These interns were made to work 10 hours a day for 6 days a week and were paid ₹160 per hour (approx. ₹40,000 per month). That is almost half the wage that normal factory workers are paid. In turn, schools would receive ₹5000 per month for every student they provided.

It must be noted that students that Chinese Labour investigators spoke to told them clearly that none of the work they did had any connection with their courses or areas of study.

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