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Foxconn Interns Forced Overtime Work to Manufacture PS4

Chinese manufacturing companies' business ethics have been under quite a bit of scrutiny as of late. Foxconn, the Taiwanese manufacturer for a variety of high profile tech companies (namely Apple, Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo), has come under fire for its poor treatment of its employees in the past. Sadly, it's considered to be a "better" company in terms of employee abuses in comparison to other Chinese assembly plants. However, because of Foxconn's ties to high profile companies such as Apple, it's a bigger target for the media than other companies. 

Foxconn's landed itself in hot water yet again. According to Dongfang Daily, a Foxconn plant forced many Xi'an Technological University students to work overtime in order to manufacture PlayStation 4s. The students stated that they were forced to work these hours, for fear of losing credits. This "internship" required students to work outside of their field of study and sometimes included manual labor. 

Foxconn has conducted an internal investigation and reported that the plant had violated the company's policies. "Immediate actions have been taken to bring that campus into full compliance with our code and policies," said a Foxconn representative. "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." 

Sony issued the following statement in regards to the abuses: "The Sony Group established the 'Sony Supplier Code of Conduct' in June 2005 with the expectation of every supplier agreeing and adhering to the policies of the Sony Group in complying with all applicable laws, work ethics, labour conditions, and respect for human rights, environmental conservation and health & safety. We understand Foxconn fully comprehend and comply with this 'Sony Supplier Code of Conduct.'" 

This isn't the first time that this specific Foxconn plant has had issues, as it also ran into trouble for employing underage workers to manufacture the Wii U. Though all companies that work with Foxconn have pooh-poohed Foxconn's business practices, none have done much to force the manufacturer to change its ways.

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