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Cash for Ash: Coke offers Chinese workers 'environmental hardship allowance'

Smog in Shanghai (Briyyz/Flickr)

Coke is offering an 'environmental hardship allowance' to staff in China as it tries to attract and retain talent, the Times of India reports.

The paper today cites "repeated industry reports" of talented expat workers leaving China due to high levels of air pollution, and says the wage premium can be as high as 15% on the base salary.

Last month Coca-Cola began building a 200,000m2 plant in Harbin city in Heilongjiang, which will house nine production lines for still and sparkling drinks including Coca-Cola, Sprite, Fanta and Minute Maid. 

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