Monday, 19 November 2012

Walmart concerned over protests, tries to ban them

Retail giant Walmart is trying to have worker protests against the company banned. Workers are preparing actions on Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days in the US, which is next Friday. Walmart has dismissed previous protests as ‘small protests at just a few stores’. However, a labour expert argues that its attempt to ban demonstrations means the company must be ‘really concerned’.
The protests of Walmart workers have the support of the United Food and Commercial Workers’ union. As Steven Greenhouse and Stephanie Clifford of the New York Times explain:
The food and commercial workers union has made Walmart a target because the company has helped put many unionized supermarkets out of business and helped push down wages at many competitors. Walmart, moreover, has vigorously resisted unionization drives, closing a store in Canada after workers there voted to unionize and arranging to have outside suppliers provide prepackaged meat after the butchers at a store in Texas voted to unionize in 2000.
A protestor from Texas said Walmart is trying to protest workers but ‘will not stop us from speaking out’.

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