Apple ends supplier’s contract after finding under-age workers

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Technology giant finds 74 under-age workers at Chinese circuit board manufacturer as part of its latest round of audits

Apple has ended a contract with Chinese circuit board manufacturer PZ after an investigation into staff working conditions found 74 under-age workers working there.

The workers were all under the age of 16 and had been supplied by regional recruitment company Shenzen Quanshun Human Resources, who gave them fake identity papers, Apple said.

The regional government has since revoked Quanshun’s business licence as a result of the findings.

The technology manufacturer has carried out 393 audits of its suppliers for its latest investigation into staff working conditions. The report also claims that 92 per cent of the 1.5 million workers covered by the audit worked up to 60 hours a week.

Apple senior vice president of operations Jeff Williams told Reuters that the firm hoped to eradicate child labour from the technology manufacturing sector completely.

“We go deep in the supply chain to find it,” he said. “And when we do find it, we ensure that the under-age workers are taken care of, the suppliers are dealt with.”

Last October, iPhone and iPad manufacturer Foxconn admitted employing 14-year-old interns at one of its factories.

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