Friday, 6 September 2013

Actions at Walmart for decent wages, possible success in DC

In 15 American cities, protests have been held on Thursday demanding retail giant Walmart to pay decent wages. Corporate management refused to meet with its employees and instead sent the police on them, who arrested several persons (photo). In Los Angeles, people have been arrested as well, on ‘suspicion of failure to disperse’.

Meanwhile, a first success may be forthcoming. The District of Columbia is about to decide on legislation that would make megastores pay $12.50 per hour; 50% more than the local minimum wage of $8.25. The act targets non-union stores with a surface area of 7,000 m2 and whose parent companies have revenues of at least $1 bln.

See also: The spread of the fast food strikes

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