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A participant (L) wearing a mask of Apple CEO Steve Jobs and holding a model of an Ipad takes part in a protest against Taiwanese technology giant Foxconn, which manufactures Apple products in China, outside an Apple retail outlet in Hong Kong on May 7, 2011. Taiwanese technology giant Foxconn treats its workers like "machines" a Hong Kong based labour group said on May 3, after a survey based on interviews with the firm A participant (L) wearing a mask of Apple CEO Steve Jobs and holding a model of an Ipad takes part in a protest against Taiwanese technology giant Foxconn, which manufactures Apple products in China, outside an Apple retail outlet in Hong Kong on May 7, 2011. Taiwanese technology giant Foxconn treats its workers like "machines" a Hong Kong based labour group said on May 3, after a survey based on interviews with the firm's workers in mainland China. At least 13 Foxconn employees died in apparent suicides last year, which rights activists blamed on tough working conditions in a case that highlighted the challenges faced by millions of Chinese factory workers. AFP PHOTO / Antony DICKSON (Photo credit should read ANTONY DICKSON/AFP/Getty Images)  

Foxconn allegedly hid underage workers before inspection by the Fair Labor Association

Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn allegedly had prior knowledge of an upcoming inspection by the Fair Labor Association and transferred its underage workers out of sight, reports Apple Insider.

Debby Sze Wan Chan, a project officer at Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior, said she had heard from Foxconn employees that the factory was “ready for inspection.”

“All underage workers between 16-17 years old were not assigned any overtime work and some of them were even sent to other departments,” Chan said.

Apple allows children as young as 16 to work under its supplier code of conduct, but only if they are legally able to work and only with certain limitations in place on hours and types of work.

If true, the allegations are pretty damning.

Chan also provided the following breakdown on Foxconn employee pay:

“In Zhengzhou, the basic salary of new workers is CNY 1350 ($214),” Chan said. “And there is a deduction of CNY 150 ($24) for the dorm. If a worker eats inside the factory, there is another CNY 200-300 ($32-48) to pay. It is far from the living wage standard. Without overtime premiums, a worker can hardly support his/herself.”

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