Students in China’s Xi’an Institute of Technology were pressured to work overtime at Foxconn’s assembly location for Sony Corporation’s (NYSE: SNE) PlayStation 4s in order to graduate.
Through internal investigations, Foxconn had a policy for no overtime and night shifts for student interns, and they have admitted to the violation. The Foxconn location threatened the students that they will not be able to receive their six credits which are essential to graduate.
Over 1000 students were forced to do mindless task that did not correlate to their studies. Students worked as many hours as regular employees. They were to assist an assembly line where they were packaging accessories for the game system. Students were doing tedious tasks such as peeling off wrapping, putting on stickers, and putting in operational manuals.
Sony commented on the incident and stated that Foxconn was “complying with all applicable laws, work ethics, labor conditions, and respect for human rights, environmental conservation, and health and safety”. This incident was most likely due to the fact that the video game system is due to release in a little over a month and may be pushing the efficiency of the production