Foxconn admits worker rights violations
World's biggest electronics manufacturer broke own code of conduct
Foxconn has disclosed that student interns worked overtime and night shifts that failed to comply with the company code of conduct.
"In the case of recent allegations regarding the internship program at our Yantai campus, we have conducted an internal investigation and have determined that there have been a few instances where our policies pertaining to overtime and night shift work were not enforced,'' Foxconn said.
Hong Kong newspaper The Standard reported that the statement came after several Chinese media outlets reported that a university in central Chinese city of Xian allegedly forced students to join the Foxconn internship program in Yantai, Shandong province, in order to graduate.
The paper reports that students were "assigned to assembly lines to make Sony's PlayStation games consoles instead of doing any work relating to their major and were sometimes forced to work 11 hours a day.
When some students wanted to drop out mid-way, they were told that they would lose their internship credits and would be unable to get their diplomas, the report said."
Foxconn said it had taken immediate action "to bring that campus into full compliance with our code and policies''.
The manufacturing giant is owned by Taiwanese group Hon Hai Precision and employs about 800,000 workers around the globe.
Foxconn is used by most of the big technology brands, including Apple, Microsoft, HP, and Nokia.
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