Student workers are leaving their summer jobs and heading back to school. However, some are still struggling to get paid.
High schoolers as young as 16-years-old, the legal minimum age for employment, and university students across the country, often take summer jobs to help with school expenses or help their families back home. Some schools even force students to take summer jobs at companies as in one case this summer where a school in Shenyang issued a public apology for requiring students to work under deplorable conditions at a Foxconn plant in Yantai, Shandong.
While some students work in factories, many, following the growth of China’s consumer-oriented industries, take jobs in the service and entertainment sectors. Student workers in these sectors often lack labour contracts and are paid low wages without benefits or social insurance. All too often, they are misled and cheated out of their wages by unscrupulous employers.