From what I can gather from my China watch, & aspects of things that happened in the past is that these wage rises are going to be an annual event.
In the past, many of the better companies would pay bonuses & reimburse return rail fares to their workers who came back after the annual New Year holiday. I understand that still goes on & is something to encourage the better & experienced workers back, cheaper & better long term productivity is gained in that way, as new starters have to be trained & it takes time for that especially in getting it right.
So expect the rises from all of the importers.
While I have to commend Southern for their so far great after sales service & customer PR with the early issues. Also the new models they have announced, one thing that concerns me is the once again duplication of models that Southern is showing in their program.
Not sure about the Velocity & Explorer sets, but the Urbans & RTC's including the Vic & SA variants had also been announced by SDS. It would be really great if somehow this duplication did not happen, as I think there are many other models that can still be produced for various era's that are not cutting across what others are producing.
I know Southern had announced the RTC's first but when one looks at the time factor, it would certainly suggest that SDS had them planned prior to that & well into production.
I certainly hope neither of them get burnt in this, as from what has come from both of them so far, they are very much worthy new dealers in the hobby/