CHENGDU, July 28 (Xinhua) -- Southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan will raise its minimum wages by as much as 44.4 percent starting August, local authorities said Wednesday.
Around 20 Chinese provinces and region have raised minimum wages this year to address labor shortages.
The wage hikes also came after workers at main auto parts suppliers of Japanese carmakers Honda and Toyota in China went on strike to demand higher pay.
Minimum monthly wages in the less developed parts of Sichuan will be raised from 450 to 650 yuan (96 U.S. dollars), the provincial human resources and social security bureau said in a press release.
While in the downtown areas of Chengdu, capital of Sichuan, minimum monthly salary will be hiked from 650 to 850 yuan.
In addition, the local government also raised minimum wages for part-time workers to 6.8 yuan per hour from 4.9 yuan per hour.
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