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First minimum wage law in Hong Kong

Hong Kong passes minimum wage law

Date: 17, July 2010
Source: AFP

HONG KONG - Hong Kong on Saturday passed its first minimum wage law, a controversial issue that has divided the city's business sector and labour groups for more than a decade.

 
Doubts about wage increases at Foxconn

Source: Xinmin Media
Date: July 5, 2010
Link: www.msn.ynet.com

According to some Chinese media, such wage increases would not be satisfactory because accompanied by more intensity at work requested from employees (who would be requested to produce more number of pieces per hour during their normal working hours) and also cut of overtime that represents however an important source of income for the workers.

 
Defying global slump, China has labor shortage

Source: The New-York Times
Author: Keith Bradsher
Date: February 26, 2010
Link: www.nytimes.com

Just a year after laying off millions of factory workers, China is facing an increasingly acute labor shortage.

 
Foxconn raises factory wages after a spate of suicides

Author: Peter Foster
Source: Telegraph
Date: June 7, 2010
Link: www.telegraph.co.uk

The world’s largest electronics contract manufacturer, Foxconn, has decided to to raise wages for its Chinese workers after a spate of suicides at its main plan in Southern China.

 
The limits of the cheap labour costs model

China's shift away from cheap labor hard on all

Source: The Associated Press
Date: May 31, 2010

A series of strikes at Honda and the official response to a spate of suicides at Foxconn Technology (see earlier sub-section on social conflicts/strikes) have highlighted the clear drawbacks and limits of a competitive model based mainly on permanent pressure on wage costs and working conditions.

 
Wage increases to stop strikes at Honda

Wage increases to stop strikes at Honda

Date: June 1, 2010
Source: New-York Times
Link: www.nytimes.com

Proposals have been made by the management of Honda to increase wages in order to satisfy workers’ demands.

 
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