Chinese workers want higher wages. They believe that the current income does not meet the needs of life.
For the first time in a decade, none of China’s provinces implemented wage increases this year, according to an ILNA correspondent quoting the Chinese Workers’ Bulletin. It is also reported that Chinese workers receive the minimum wage in most of the country’s provinces.
In 2019, before the corona outbreak, the minimum wage in three provinces of Fujian, Ningxia and Guangxi was set by local Chinese officials. In 2020, no wage negotiation sessions were held in these provinces, and workers’ salaries are based on the same wages as last year.
On January 1, 2020, local officials in Fujian Province set the maximum wage for Chinese workers at 1,800 yuan. In early March, officials in Ningxia Province set a maximum wage of 1,660 yuan for workers. On March 1, Guangxi authorities raised workers’ wages by 130 yuan, bringing the maximum wage to 1,810 yuan.
In July 2020, the Beijing Municipality released a report on “Planned Minimum Wage Adjustment.” “These days, the economy and all members of society are affected by a virus called Covid 19,” the agency wrote in its report. The salary received this year, as in the past, is equal to 2200 yuan. Chinese workers in Shanghai Municipality earn 2,480 yuan a month, the highest minimum wage. In June, local officials in the city announced that wages would not increase this year.
Local officials in Shenzhen, following in the footsteps of Beijing and Shanghai officials, said this year’s wages would not change and would be around 2,200 yuan.
In 2008, Chinese workers experienced the same situation during the “global financial crisis.” At that time, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security of the People’s Republic of China announced a temporary halt to the increase in the minimum wage. Chinese workers did not have a one-year wage increase, but demanded an increase in wages as the economy improved and inflation slowed. In February 2010, Jiangsu Province on the east coast of the country was one of the pioneers in raising workers’ wages, increasing their wages by about 12 percent.
But Chinese workers today are protesting the delay in raising wages, saying it is unfair to cut their incomes. China’s official urban unemployment rate appears to have fallen by 5.2 percent in November. With these interpretations, China’s youth unemployment rate remains high and millions of workers are unable to support themselves with their current income.
The Chinese government believes that its economy is affected by the consequences of the Crohn’s virus, but has been able to curb inflation. Chinese officials believe that the current level of income of workers meets their daily needs, but workers disagree, saying that more than ever, there is a need to increase wages.