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Foxconn admits to using child labor for interns

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 17 Oct 2012 7:52 User comments (11)

Foxconn admits to using child labor for interns After an investigation, Foxconn has admitted to hiring underage interns, in breach of child labor laws.
In China, the legal working age is 16 but some of the interns were found to be as young as 14.

Reads the company's statement: "This is not only a violation of China's labor law, it is also a violation of Foxconn policy and immediate steps have been taken to return the interns in question to their educational institutions. We are also carrying out a full investigation, in cooperation with the respective educational institutions, to determine how this happened and the actions that must be taken by our company to ensure that it can never happen again."

Foxconn's investigation came quickly after a report from China Labor Watch claimed it could confirm the underage interns at the Yantai facility.

Read the CLW report: "These underage interns were mainly sent to Foxconn by schools, but Foxconn did not check the IDs of these young interns. The schools involved in this incident should take primary responsible, but Foxconn is also culpable for not confirming the ages of their workers."

Foxconn says it will fire any employee who helped facilitate the hiring of the interns.

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11 user comments

117.10.2012 7:57

Shocked....I am not!

217.10.2012 13:10

In a way it's not actually a bad idea of giving students a taste of work experience as part of their training,theories fine however you need practical as well,even better when you get paid


317.10.2012 13:44

Originally posted by scorpNZ:
In a way it's not actually a bad idea of giving students a taste of work experience as part of their training,theories fine however you need practical as well,even better when you get paid

To a point I agree. In this day and age kids don't want to work and have no idea what work is these days. If it was a few hours a day thing I agree with it but if its full time I don't till there of age and out of school

417.10.2012 13:50

Originally posted by chefdamo:
Originally posted by scorpNZ:
In a way it's not actually a bad idea of giving students a taste of work experience as part of their training,theories fine however you need practical as well,even better when you get paid

To a point I agree. In this day and age kids don't want to work and have no idea what work is these days. If it was a few hours a day thing I agree with it but if its full time I don't till there of age and out of school
But a 14 Year old intern? I've have never seen an intern that young anywhere. I can be wrong it could be more prevalent than I know. But serious companies hire people who want to be in that business. These are just labor jobs. And at least here in the US. We have child labor laws that limit the time for 14-18 in high school to less than 20 hours per week. While school is in session.

517.10.2012 14:11

I'm shocked... oh no I'm not. It's not even like businesses care really, they keep using foxconn to make their products.

617.10.2012 15:50

It's fairly common for family businesses to have even younger kids working 20+ hours per week. I was punching the clock at the family business by age 12 for at least that amount.

I've done work for several small businesses over the years and pretty much all of them put their young children to work. I think it's great as long as they're not forced, or doing anything dangerous.

717.10.2012 19:08

Originally posted by bigfamei:
Originally posted by chefdamo:
Originally posted by scorpNZ:
In a way it's not actually a bad idea of giving students a taste of work experience as part of their training,theories fine however you need practical as well,even better when you get paid

To a point I agree. In this day and age kids don't want to work and have no idea what work is these days. If it was a few hours a day thing I agree with it but if its full time I don't till there of age and out of school
But a 14 Year old intern? I've have never seen an intern that young anywhere. I can be wrong it could be more prevalent than I know. But serious companies hire people who want to be in that business. These are just labor jobs. And at least here in the US. We have child labor laws that limit the time for 14-18 in high school to less than 20 hours per week. While school is in session.
Experience I understand to a degree, but not full-time work, hell no. Just because China can get any with it with their laws doesn't mean they should make a habit of it.

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818.10.2012 8:43

At least we know how all those new ibone 5's got scuffs on them before they left the factory, opps dropped another one, they are going to kill me, quick just stick in the box no one will ever know.

918.10.2012 10:35

Why don't we investigate why aren't jobs here in the USA? Who cares about China

1018.10.2012 16:32

Originally posted by salsa36:
Why don't we investigate why aren't jobs here in the USA? Who cares about China
We already know why, no need to investigate.

While wage differenves are part of the equation, they are a small part. When you factor in all the taxes paid by companies on employees, machinery, equipment, all the cost associated with requlations, EPA, OSHA, DEQ, and many others, along with differences in benefits, etc., there's no question why.

We're not playing by the same rules, hell, we aren't even on the same ball field for that matter. We can't compete with China so long as they get to play by different rules.

1119.10.2012 2:21

if the kids are 14 and have a poor family and want to work let them.if they cant legally work they will have to work ilegally or do some other ilegal stuff to get money.They shouldnt be forced to work but if they want to it should be allowed.

most my m8s in high school worked at mcdonalds from being aged 14 after school hours and weekends.


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