Foxconn admits interns worked overtime to assemble PS4

Students were given night and overtime shifts to put together parts for the PlayStation 4, a violation of Foxconn policy, the company has acknowledged.

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Foxconn violated its own policy by forcing students to work overtime to help build Sony's upcoming PlayStation 4 game console.

Foxconn reportedly told students from the Xian Institute of Technology that if they didn't finish the internship program, they wouldn't receive the necessary credits allowing them to graduate, Chinese site Tencent Games said Wednesday. In response to that report, Foxconn told news site Quartz that an internal investigation did uncover policy violations. Specifically, XIT students at its Yantai factory were assigned night shifts and overtime hours.

In its statement to Quartz, Foxconn promised to remedy the problem.

"Immediate actions have been taken to bring that campus into full compliance with our code and policies," Foxconn said, including "reinforcing the policies of no overtime and no night shifts for student interns, even though such work is voluntary, and reminding all interns of their rights to terminate their participation in the program at any time."

Foxconn also said that the students were "free to leave at any time." A similar situation arose last year when students reportedly were forced to do assembly work at a Foxconn factory under the guise of internships.

Of course, students who choose to exit the internship program won't receive the required credits, essentially putting them in a no-win situation.

(Via TechInAsia)

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Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.

 

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