In January we brought you the story that over 100 workers at a Foxconn plant in Chengdu had gone on strike, and that an undetermined number of them were threatening to kill themselves by jumping from the roof of the plant where they worked. At issue were severance packages, transfers, and work conditions. This came after a spate of suicides and deadly explosions at Foxconn plants, and increasing international pressure on Foxconn regarding the conditions in its workplaces - which also produce products for companies such as Nintendo, Sony, and Dell.
Apple has been on the defensive ever since, as many media outlets have worked primarily the iPad and iPhone angle of the story. In response, Apple indicated it would demand its suppliers to submit to inspections and audits of their workplaces, and to the guidelines of the Fair Labour Association.
Foxconn, meanwhile, has allowed an American news crew to tour its factories in Shenzen and Chengdu, and has increased its employees base pay to 1800 yuan per month, and up to 2 200 yuan ($349 USD) should employees pass "a technical examination" (though the pay at plants farther inland remains at about half that amount). ABC News offers a lengthy report on Foxconn's plants at Chengdu and Shenzen - which employ hundreds of thousands of mainly migrant workers - here. In it, Foxconn employees describe their experiences working in Foxconn factories, and how international pressure has lead directly to the company's opening up about its practices. Foxconn has also installed nets around many of it's buildings to discourage jumpers, and opened counselling centres for its employees.
We'll have more for you as it arises.