A couple days ago Tencent Games reported (translated by GamesInAsia) that a number Chinese students could be forced to work on the PS4 assembly line of the infamous company Foxconn in order to receive six credits necessary to graduate.
The alleged cause is the growing shortage of labor force in China, that prompted Foxconn to scramble for more workers in order to meet the assembly demand for the console’s upcoming launch.
Today Foxconn admitted to Tencent and IT Business News Network that issues with student workers labor times do exist and that some of them work overtime and at night. The statement specifies that the company will take immediate measures to stop any violations of company policies (that for instance forbid mandatory overtime for interns). The company also emphasized that the interns have the right to choose to leave at any time. You can find the full statement below:
The company has immediately taken action to ensure that the plant works in full compliance with our rules and regulations. Such actions include making sure that no overtime or night shift for student workers will be implemented.
Although such labor is voluntary and it has to be mentioned that all interns have the right to terminate their internship at any time.
It’s worth mentioning that the statement does not mention the credits allegedly gained with the internship, but at least students won’t have to work overtime or at night from now on.