LONDON ó Up to 100,000 students have been ordered to travel from the central
Chinese province of Henan to Shenzhen to take up three-month internships with
Foxconn, the world's largest maker of electronic and computer systems, according
to a China Daily report.
The students, some as young as 17 years old, have little choice but to
comply; the only other option is to drop out of school where many are on
vocational courses, the report said. The students were informed on June 17 and
were told that they must be ready to leave for Shenzhen nine days later, the
The internship program appears to be part of an effort by the Chinese
government to bring industrial manufacturing to the relatively undeveloped
Henan. Reportedly Foxconn plans to eventually employ 300,000 people in Henan
bringing its own manufacturing there up to rival its main base in the coastal
city of Shenzhen.
Foxconn is the trade name of the Taiwan based firm Hon Hai Precision Industry
Co. Ltd. (Taipei, Taiwan). The company has been dogged by scandal during 2010,
including 13 reported suicide attempts among workers at its Longhua campus.
Foxconn manufactures many different products on behalf of Apple as well as cell
phones for a number of leading brands and games consoles for Sony, Nintendo and
The company has 800,000 employees in China, including 430,000 in Shenzhen, It
said it would increase wages significantly in Shenzhen and stop employing
additional people there after the reports of suicides and suicide attempts
raised suspicions about working and living conditions.
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