Employees in Wal-Mart, the country's larger employer, lately have been complaining about the way they have been treated in their working place. They want a living wage and a regular schedule; they also would like to be treated with dignity and respect. This is why Wal-Mart workers and their supporters made history on November 23, also known as Black Friday, by walking out of stores, holding rallies and talking to shoppers about the corporation's inhumane and greedy business practices.
According to the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF)," Wal-Mart makes billions in profits by forcing workers overseas to stay on the job for 16-18 hours a day with no overtime" ; paying up to 30 per cent below the United Sates’ legal minimum wage; denying women their needs and the maternal responsibility they have for their children; refusing to provide basic safety equipment, and also they require workers to have a special ticket and permission of a supervisor to go to the bathroom.
Wal-Mart’s constant downward price pressure prevents factories from being able to afford necessary safety precautions and its own safety equipment has failed to protect workers from being killed in deadly fires. Wal-Mart has been cutting staff since the recession—and pallets of merchandise are piling up in its stockrooms as shelves go unfilled. There are some allegations which are the following:
Since November 2001, Wal-Mart has been a defendant in 28 complaints brought by the National Labor Relations Board citing anti-union activities such as threats, interrogations or disciplining.
In 2000, a majority of meat cutters at a store in Jacksonville, Texas, voted to organize. Shortly after the vote, the company closed its butcher departments at Jacksonville and other stores. Organizers say that was done to quash the union; Wal-Mart says it was part of a long-term business plan to move to prepackaged meats.
Wal-Mart discriminates against women in...