Low wages and the non-payment of wages are probably the two most important causes of labour disputes in China today. To help our readers better understand this important issue, CLB has produced a new background article on Wages in China
, which shows that while average wage levels have steadily increased, so has the gap between wages in different employment sectors and regions. It demonstrates that the government's minimum wage often cannot support workers' basic needs, and that many workers are paid less than the minimum wage. The article describes how the non-payment or delayed payment of wages has become an increasingly serious problem and how the number of labour disputes has risen as a result.