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By Sarah Koller, APChina’s state media is reporting that Beijing’s central government is considering increasing the minimum wage to $16 an hour by 2020.
In a new move, the People’s Daily, the Communist Party mouthpiece, says the increase could take effect in January 2019, before the 2020 election.
It says Beijing will also increase the number of overtime hours workers can work per week from seven to 10 hours, and it will also expand overtime hours for public servants to seven per week.
The policy will be implemented over three years, and would affect up to 7 million workers, according to the state-run China Daily.
The article says the changes would also increase overtime hours to more than 30 hours per week, which would be double the current rate.
The Chinese government also announced it would introduce a new policy to encourage more people to earn more money, with the aim of encouraging more people than ever to work longer hours.
The government says that its aim is to help people earn more and spend less on their personal costs.
In China, overtime hours are generally paid by the hour.
Overtime is not mandatory for most workers, but they must be paid by 10 hours a day and overtime is paid overtime in Beijing.
A worker who is paid by overtime will typically earn $4 to $5 more a week.
The minimum wage in China has not been increased since 2007, but it has been increased from 1,800 yuan (about $130) to 1,900 yuan (almost $140).