Are They REALLY doing a good job?
by MIchelle Yeh - Posted Mon January 23, 2006 @ 3:22 PM
I have shopped at Wal-Mart in the past and can't say I had too many unpleasant experiences with them regarding customer service or returns. However, I completely boycotted them and haven't stepped inside a Wal-Mart for years now. Why?
Each year, Wal-Mart continues to make the list of top corporate human rights violations. Here's a brief summary of 2005:
In September 2005, the International Labor Rights Fund filed a lawsuit on behalf of Wal-Mart supplier sweatshop workers in China, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Nicaragua and Swaziland. The workers were denied minimum wages, forced to work overtime without compensation, and were denied legally mandated health care. Other worker rights violations that have been found in foreign factories that produce goods for Wal-Mart include locked bathrooms, starvation wages, pregnancy tests, denial of access to health care, and workers being fired and blacklisted if they try to defend their rights.--http://www.globalexchange.org
That kind of makes that whole Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays "scandal" look a lot less important now, doesn't it?