Students in the Hunan Province are being coerced by Amazon supplier Foxconn to work grueling and illegal hours. New reports show shocking state of matters for Amazon Alexa, Kindle, and Echo production in China.
The document exposes how the factory cunningly classifies the schoolchildren as “interns,” and teachers who corral the students into working in the Foxconn facility were rewarded with a steep subsidy.
As of last month, Foxconn’s interns now account for more than 20 percent of its workforce.
Foxconn defended the use of these interns, saying the experience “provides students with the opportunity to gain practical work experience and on-the-job training that will support their efforts to find employment following their graduation.”
Teenagers who spoke to researchers said the work at the factory has no relevance to their courses and that they have been pressured into working overtime.
Xiao Fang, a teenage intern at Foxconn, was troubled at this conundrum. “I tried telling the manager of my line that I didn’t want to work overtime. But the manager notified my teacher and the teacher said if I didn’t work overtime, it would affect my graduation and scholarship applications. I had no choice, I could only endure this.”
The schoolchildren are required to work 10-hour shifts, which includes two hours of overtime. They are also required to work six days a week.
For interns who refuse to work overtime and night shifts, the factory requests teachers from their schools to get rid of them.