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Controversial iPhone Assembler Foxconn Admits it Hired Underage Interns

Foxconn confirmed reports that it used underage employees in its Chinese facilities. This is the latest in a string of labor-related claims against the Taiwanese electronics-manufacturing company, which assembles such well-known products as the iPad, iPhone, iPod, Kindle, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. China Labor Watch, a New York-based nongovernmental organization, recently reported that Foxconn employed interns between the ages of 14 and 16 for three weeks this summer without checking their identification. The children were from schools in Shandong Province. The minimum employment age in China is 16. Foxconn said it is fully investigating the matter. “Any Foxconn employee found, through our investigation, to be responsible for these violations will have their employment immediately terminated,” Foxconn stated in an e-mail to Bloomberg News. “We recognize that full responsibility for these violations rests with our company, and we have apologized to each of the students for our role in this action.” This is the latest labor problem in China for the manufacturer, which has included a worker riot that resulted in a temporary plant closure. (PC Mag)(Bloomberg)(China Labor Watch)

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