China's affluent cities of Guangzhou and Shenzhen will raise their minimum wages by 19% in the manufacturing heartland of Guangdong province on Wednesday, to coincide with international Labour Day.
Similar hikes in the minimum wage have been seen this year in Southeast Asia, one of China's main rivals in labour-intensive industries such as garments, shoes, toys and processed foods.
Workers work at a ceramic factory in Lampang province. (Photo by Aswin Wongnorkaew)
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