Foxconn, the Taiwanese electronics maker that supplies companies such as Apple and Sony, has admitted that student interns at one of its factories in China have worked shift patterns that are in violation of company policies.
Local media alleged the company, listed as Hon Hai Precision Industries on the Taipei stock exchange, had forced thousands of students from the Xi'an Institute of Technology to work at the plant assembling parts of Sony's PlayStation 4 games console. Foxconn responded with a statement Thursday evening that it had conducted an internal investigation at its Yantai campus, which is located around 600 kilometers from Beijing.
"(We) have determined that there have been a few instances where our policies pertaining to overtime and night shift work were not enforced," Foxconn said in the statement.
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"Immediate actions have been taken to bring that campus into full compliance with our code and policies. These actions include 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."