By  on February 6, 2013

BEIJING — Chinese manufacturing looks set to become even more complex and costly in the coming years.

Electronics giant Foxconn, the country’s largest private employer, said this week it will allow workers to vote on representation in their labor unions, a development that could have broader implications for the country’s manufacturing industry and labor force. Just a few days later, China’s central government unveiled broad plans to raise urban minimum wages nationwide significantly by 2015, varying in amount by city but averaging about 13 percent across the board, according to an employment plan unveiled Wednesday by the State Council. The minimum wage increases are aimed at bridging a growing labor shortage by encouraging more rural workers to fill jobs in cities.

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