With consumer prices on the rise and the government ordering local governments to raise the minimum wage, it seems the owners of the Golden Arches have finally caved under the pressure of public outrage and raised pay rates across the board. From Reuters via the Financial Post:
From next month, McDonald’s will increase workers’ pay to levels 12% to 56% above local minimum wages, McDonald’s China spokesman George Gu said.He declined to be more specific about the rises but said that currently, some workers were paid “in line” with minimum levels.
McDonald’s became embroiled in a public controversy in April, when Chinese newspapers reported it was paying some part-timers far below local minimums — for example, 4 yuan (52 US cents) an hour in the big southern city of Guangzhou, or just over half the city’s minimum. [Full Text]
[Image: A McDonald’s sign near an apartment block in Hangzhou, by Idogu via Flickr]