Migrant workers form the Chinese countryside, who leave their hometown to find employment in industrial cities, see an end to the big rises of their wages. Last year the growth fell below 7 percent.
Policy changes are the most likely factor. According to Jenny Chan (Hong Kong University): “A rollback in policies designed to strengthen protection of workers has also weakened migrants’ bargaining power.”
Chinese workers face further problems with a decreasing number jobs becoming available, as well as the poor quality of jobs which are created. These jobs are mainly in small businesses which offer lower wages and less security.
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