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Chinese students are reportedly being forced to work in a factory that manufactures PlayStation 4 consoles, Sony's soon-to-be-launched next-generation gaming system. The factory is called Foxconn and according to Hong Kong’s Oriental Daily, thousands of students took part in an IT engineering program at the Xi’an Institute of Technology.
Eventually the students were forced to work at Foxconn, to assemble PS4s. Refusing to take part in this means that students lose their six course credits. In other words, they won't be able to graduate.
Here's the word:
Officially, the program is considered an “internship” and it is publicly recognized and promoted by the school. But students have said that once they got to Foxconn, they were assigned to jobs that had no relation whatsoever to their fields of study, including grunt work like distribution and shipping. One student, for example, majored in finance and accounting but has been assigned to a job that entails glueing together parts of Sony’s Playstation 4. Another was assigned to a job that entails peeling of the PS4's protective plastic and putting stickers on it. Still another, a computer science major, puts the PS4's various cords and the instruction manual into the console’s box. Moreover, students say that their working hours are exactly the same as regular workers. The only difference is that unlike the workers, the students aren’t there voluntarily.
Foxconn offered a flimsy explanation, saying that workers are voluntary and that the factory won't prevent them from leaving if they wish to do so. Oh so it's not at gun point then? Well, it's all alright then.
Meanwhile, the XI’an Institute of Technology refuses to comment on whether they got any compensation for providing labor to Foxconn. They also said that the internship program was completely legal and not forced and that is was “mainly about making students learn about society and experience life.”
"Learn about society and expderience life," sweat your ass off day and night by welding motherboards and sorting out CPU chips until you've made 143 PS4 consoles. But what am I saying, it can't be that ruthless. I'm sure they have dozens of lunch breaks.
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