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China: Labour shortage in delta worsens after holiday

Hong Kong owners of factories in Mainland China say they are desperate for migrant workers as millions so far have yet to return following the Lunar New Year break.

Labour shortages in the Pearl River Delta were already serious, but now half of the approximately six million migrant workers who headed home before the New Year failed to show up on Monday, the end of the week-long holiday, according to factory owners.

The supply crunch has forced them to offer higher salaries, better working and living conditions and more promising career prospects. This has increased their costs at a time when prices of raw materials such as plastics, paper and copper have risen as the economy improves, they say.

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