The American company decided to conduct an internal investigation to determine whether its subcontractor had actually violated the law while executing the contract for Alex’s voice assistant.
Recently, thanks to The Guardian, reports have appeared that Foxconn employed children in the production of equipment for Amazon and delegated them to work in violation of Chinese law, such as night shifts or overtime. And since the concern has a shameful story regarding the use of its employees and working conditions, this is not unbelievable, especially in the face of the trade war with the US, which could have led it to try to meet orders, even at the price of breaking labor law.
This information was obtained through talks with employees and document leaks that paint a very unpleasant picture of the Foxconn factory in Hengyang. 1,500 “interns” are to be employed there, aged 16-18, which in itself is not a violation of the law, but employees at such a young age cannot work night shifts and overtime. What’s the worst of all, the company paid schools for sending their students to their factory, and the teachers were to “encourage” them with easier passing from class to class.
According to some students, teachers assured them that they would work 8 hours a day, five days a week, but these quickly turned into 10 and even 12 hours, when orders began to pile up. What’s more, students spent 6 people in a single room and assembled an average of 60,000 devices a month to earn about $ 250. Foxconn is reportedly already looking into the matter, blaming local managers, but Amazon, who is risking his good name here, decided to investigate the subject himself, sending additional specialists to the site.
Is anyone else surprised? The sad truth is that probably not, because it’s not the first time we hear about using children to work beyond their strength and at terrible rates. Suffice it to recall 2017, when we learned that students worked after hours, just to be on time with orders for iPhone X for Apple. Amazon itself is also a bit behind the ears, because it is often said that it pays too little attention to the working conditions offered by its suppliers – is this time something going to change? It is difficult to judge, but hopefully yes.