Beijing - Foxconn Technology Group, the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer, on Friday admitted that some student interns worked overtime and night shifts in contravention of company rules at a plant in the eastern Chinese city of Yantai.
“In the case of recent allegations regarding the internship programme 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.
“Immediate actions have been taken to bring that campus into full compliance with our code and policies,” it said.
Foxconn said it planned to remind students they were “free to terminate their internship at any time.”
But it did not comment on reports by state media that the Xi'an Technological University in the northern province of Shaanxi had forced hundreds of interns to work at the Yantai plant.
“Our priority is to protect the rights of all workers and interns and we will continue to monitor the programme closely to ensure that such infractions are not repeated,” it said.
Foxconn admitted last year that the Yantai plant had used some interns as young as 14 over the students' summer vacations.
It also admitted using some students who were forced into internships at its plants in China. - Sapa-dpa