In China there are about 22 million vocational students (aged 15-18) and Foxconn is one of the biggest employers of these as “interns” (Aditya Chakrabortty, 15 October). Foxconn internship programmes range from three months to a year, subject to extension as production requires.
Internships at Foxconn are irrelevant to the students’ studies and skills training. Sacom found that Foxconn interns were forced to do excessive overtime and to alternate day and night shifts, against the regulations. In this global labour regime, provincial and lower-level government directly intervene to facilitate export-led growth, at the sacrifice of students’ educational and human rights.