China's Tech Factories are Abusing Poor Interns

By Chris Mills on at

Chinese factories are relying on cheap intern labour to keep the manufacturing dream alive, according to a WSJ report.

Chinese tech factories have long been under fire for atrocious working conditions, but a recent WSJ report claims that China has also been using free intern labour.

The WSJ highlights a few examples like Pegatron, a manufacturer for Asus and Toshiba, which has an intern workforce that accounts for 30 per cent of the company.

Unlike previous allegations of worker abuse, firms are actually defending this one. Pegatron's Chongqing factory director, E.K. Liao, defended the programme as 'educational' and a benefit to the city as a whole. [WSJ]