China's Tianjin mulls raising minimum wage by 16 pct

08:28, January 26, 2011      

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The northern Chinese city of Tianjin is considering raising the minimum working wage by 16 percent this year amid rising inflationary pressures and labor shortages.

The city planned to hike the minimum monthly wage to 1,070 yuan (163 U.S. dollars) from the current 920 yuan, the city bureau of human resources and social security said in a statement on Tuesday.

Last year, all Chinese provinces and municipalities announced wage hikes in wake of labor shortages, a spate of workers' strikes and rising inflation.

Tianjin last raised the minimum monthly wage by 12 percent to 920 yuan from 820 yuan in April 2010.

This month, Beijing, Guangzhou and Jiangsu announced new minimum wage hikes by as much as 21 percent, a sign of further increases in labor costs in the country known as "factory of the world".

Source: Xinhua
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