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How old-school factories stay alive in China's south

They are turning to casual labour or hiring workers by the day to stay competitive in a volatile environment

Workers at a small factory producing bags at Shiling town in Huadu, Guangdong province. Industry players say casual labour could help the country's plethora of small manufacturers remain sellers of cheap shoes, toys and stainless steel pans for a few years yet.

Shiling, China

SQUEEZED by high costs and unpredictable demand, some factories in southern China's manufacturing heartland are turning to a new strategy to survive: hiring workers by the day.

It is a far cry from Beijing's vision of a slick, hi-tech manufacturing future of...

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