In China, factory workers live in dorms owned by Walmart – workers pay rent and utilities. If they move out of the dorms to live in a place not connected to Walmart, they still have to pay rent for the dorms. Workers work in factories with poor ventilation. They are told to lie to inspectors about how many days they work: six, when they really work seven days a week. If you don’t lie, you will get fired. All of 13this to make less than $3 a day. In Bangladesh, women in Walmart factories work 14 hours days, 7 days a week and only make up to 17 cents a day.
Quick facts about Walmart:
•The Walton family, who owns Walmart, is the richest family in America – with nearly $150 billion in wealth.
•They have as much money as 43% of America’s poorest families combined.
•Most of Walmart’s 1.3 million employees make less than $25,000 per year.
•Most Walmart jobs are part-time.
•Many Walmart workers are forced to utilize state subsidized benefits in lieu of receiving sufficient benefits from their employer. Very interesting that The Waltons have funded numerous political campaigns which attack welfare, while they benefit hugely from the system…
•Walmart no longer offers health benefits to employees who work less than 24 hours per week.
•Walmart requires workers to attend anti-union meetings and specially trains supervisors in union avoidance.
•”In 2005, a memo from Walmart’s then Vice President of Benefits Susan Chambers outlined a strategy for how the company could remove sick workers from the payrolls and avoid paying healthcare benefits.” – MakingChangeatWalmart.org