CHINESE MANUFACTURING OUTFIT Foxconn has admitted that there have been some problems with interns working for it when they should not have been.
The interns came from local schools and apparently have been burning the midnight oil making Sony Playstation 4 (PS4) game consoles.
Foxconn admitted the lapses, saying that it offers the internship along with local governments and "vocational schools" across China. It said that internships are covered by Chinese laws and set up by others.
"While we provide vocational schools with our qualification requirements and each of our campuses works directly with the schools in their province to carry out the program, it is the schools that recruit the students under the supervision of the relevant local government and the schools also assign teachers to accompany and monitor the students throughout their internship program," it said.
"All participating schools are required to follow specific policies established by Foxconn for this program including assurances that participation is voluntary, interns are free to terminate their internship at any time they choose, and interns are not allowed to take part in overtime work or work night shifts."
However, it admitted that their have been problems with the system and traced them back to one of its premises. It said that things are being sorted out and that it will underline the facility's need for compliance.
"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," it said.
"Immediate actions have been taken to bring that campus into full compliance with our code and policies. Our priority is to protect the rights of all workers and interns and we will continue to monitor the program closely to ensure that such infractions are not repeated." µ