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Fresh Foxconn controversy: Young interns forced to work extra hours on Sony PS4

Nothing says "consumer electronics product launch" like a new Foxconn labour scandal.

This time around, however, Apple is not involved. The controversy instead focuses on Sony and production of its upcoming PlayStation 4.

As noted by Quartz, Foxconn was requiring interns to work night shifts and overtime on the PS4 assembly line - a violation of the Taiwanese company's labour rules.

In a statement provided to Quartz, the manufacturing behemoth said it has cracked down on the use of overworked interns. The firm will be "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," it said.

Foxconn did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

While the minimum worker age for China's largest employer remains 23, the company frequently employs university-aged interns alongside its over 1 million employees.

Students from schools like the Huaiyin Institute of Technology work the same hours as regular employees and are even paid entry-level salaries. However, an internal investigation revealed that over 1,000 interns were working night shifts and putting in overtime ahead of the 15 November launch of Sony's PS4.

Student tasks included gluing parts together, boxing cords, and other menial tasks, Quartz said.

According to Foxconn founder Terry Gou, the larger issue remains China's "shrinking labour force" and students rejecting factory jobs in favour of more "easy and relaxed jobs" with services or the Internet.