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China's workers left behind as wages lag in post-COVID recovery

Businesses focus on retaining employees instead of offering pay raises

A production-line worker at a JAC Motors plant in Weifang, Shandong province. Most provinces and municipalities decided against raising their minimum wages this year.   © Reuters

SHANGHAI -- Despite China overcoming the worst of the coronavirus pandemic ahead of the rest of the world, the country's workers have seen little improvement in pay as sluggish demand squeezes hours.

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