The New York Times has run a follow-up story to their earlier excellent coverage of Foxconn/Apple China labor problems and mitigation efforts. The article ran early in the week, but I was only able to get to it this morning because of VPN (i.e., technical) issues.
The basic take away from “Signs of Changes Taking Hold in Electronics Factories in China” is that there has been a great deal of work done both within the factories themselves as well as inside the Foxconn and Apple executive offices. The suggestion is that a fundamental shift in thinking has occurred with respect to the treatment of workers. I suppose we’ll have to wait and see whether that is a sustainable reality, but taken at face value, it’s certainly welcome news.