Sunday, November 4

Foxconn says underage workers in China plant set up

Taipei - Foxconn technology group, the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer, has admitted setting of young people at the age of 14 in a Chinese factory, breach of national law, in a case that internally raises further questions about his student program.

Labour human rights aktivisten in China have accused, Foxconn and other large employers in China student internship as a cheap source of labour for production lines where it is more difficult, reduce young adult workers to paid jobs to win.

Foxconn, the trade name of Taiwan's Hon Hai precision industry, said that it had found that some interns at a plant in Yantai, in the northeast of the province of Shandong work under the age of 16 were legal. He did not say, how many were minors.

"Our investigation has shown that the interns in question, who ranged in age from 14 to 16 in this campus for about three weeks had worked," it was said in a statement on Tuesday.

"This is not only a violation of China's labour law, it is also a violation of policy and immediately measures were taken against Foxconn, again to the trainees their educational institutions concerned."

China's official Xinhua News Agency, citing an unnamed government official of the Yantai said that 56 of the underage interns to their schools would be brought back.

The students had used, after Foxconn of development zone asked, where the factory is located last month solve a defect if they were needed, to a deficit of 19,000 employees make Xinhua added to help.

Apple's largest manufacturer
Foxconn is Apple Inc of's largest production partner and makes products for Dell Inc., Sony Corp. and Hewlett-Packard Co among its other clients. It said that non-Apple products make the Yantai plant.

Foxconn has the announcement after reviewing Chinese media reports of underage interns under its China workforce of 1.2 million. He said that it had found no evidence of similar injuries at any of its other plants in China.

Foxconn said that with the local government schools participated it the case of Yantai in the intern program, as far as compatible with labour market policy and his lawyer would work.

"But we recognize that the full responsibility for these violations mounting platform with our company, and we have apologized to each student for our role in this action," said the company.

Foxconn and Apple were forced that improving working conditions in Chinese factories, the world's iPads optimally and iPhones after a series of published suicides in the year 2010 and reports of labour abuses, such as excessive overtime, threw a spotlight on the conditions in the plants.

Last month, a riot at a Foxconn plant broke the in place dormitory for migrant workers, the Assembly of iPhones in the city of Taiyuan, about living conditions inside Foxconn.

Foxconn plans to reduce in response to the control of the current 20 overtime less than nine hours a week.

He defended his intern program on Tuesday, say that they made only 2.7 percent of its workforce in China. Internships could be long-term or short-term, carried out in cooperation with schools and other educational institutions.

The average internship about three and-a-half months lasted, it was said.

Copyright 2011 Thomson Reuters.

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