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Students promised city jobs that didn't exist

FOUR hundred out-of-town students promised summer jobs in Shanghai spent eight hours yesterday queuing under the blazing sun only to discover there were barely 20 vacancies.

Police blamed this on poor organization by human resources agents.

However, this is the third cases in the past four days in which students came to the city on the offer of summer jobs, only to find these were empty promises.

A teacher surnamed Xie from Henan Province contacted an agent friend in Shanghai's Changxing Island about summer jobs for his students, police said.

But the number of applicants far exceeded the number of vacancies, so the agent instead introduced Xie to another agent, based in Pudong New Area's Jinqiao area.

After a 10-hour coach journey, students from colleges in Henan arrived at Xinjinqiao Road at about 5am.

They were told to wait, without knowing that the factory couldn't offer most of them jobs.

The students were standing in the heat when police arrived about 10am. After several hours' consultation, around 20 of the 400 students landed summer jobs in Jinqiao.

Another 80 decided to stay in the city to try their luck elsewhere, while the remainder headed home.

"The agents promised me that I would get a job, but I was cheated," said a student surnamed Chen. "I have signed a contract with the agents and they said they will compensate me."

Police said Xie and the agents had not received any commission and blamed the incident on poor organization.

With the summer vacation starting, many out-of-town students travel to the city for holiday jobs.

On Friday, more than 200 students from Hunan Province were stranded at the Shanghai South Railway Station after the agents suddenly changed their work location to Kunshan in Jiangsu Province.

Meanwhile, another batch of nearly 100 students from Henan Province were left on the streets in Qingpu District over the weekend. Most of the jobs they were offered never materialized.

Police urged students to sign contracts with agents.


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