McDonald’s has announced that with effect from next month, it will increase workers’ wages in China to levels 12 to 56 percent above local minimum wages. The move comes after a 4-month long controversy which began in April, when Chinese newspapers reported it was paying part-time workers far below local minimums — eg., 4 yuan (52 cents) per hour in Guangzhou, or just over half the city’s minimum. McDonald’s is not the only foreign company facing accusations of exploitation. Chinese unions have also criticised the wage policies of Pizza Hut and KFC and may be expected to step up pressure on them next, while Wal-Mart only began to allow its Chinese staff to join unions after the media slammed it for exploiting lower paid workers.
Photo from Viktoria.
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