Foxconn factory workers are claiming that their employer had transferred underage employees to other departments or did not schedule them to work overtime in order to avoid discovery during the recent inspections by the Fair Labor Association. Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM) project officer Debby Sze Wan Chan reported this claim to AppleInsider today. SACOM is an NGO based in Hong Kong that was formed in 2005. Essentially Foxconn was prepared for the inspection by the FLA.
“All underage workers, between 16-17 years old, were not assigned any overtime work and some of them were even sent to other departments,” stated Chan. During the audit, one worker was allowed three breaks a day whereas she was accustomed to one break per day. Last week FLA president Auret van Heerden said that Foxconn’s facilities were first class, but said that there were tons of issues that needed to be resolved.