Monday, December 11, 2006

Anyone Who Needs a Good Reason NOT TO Patronize Wal-Mart/Sam's/Walton Crap

Here is one for all seasons: The Company regularly and serially violates US Child-Labor Laws, and profits handsomely from those violations:
A recent investigation by the National Labor Committee revealed children, some only 11 years old, were making Wal-Mart clothes in a Bangladesh factory. The
children report being routinely slapped and beaten, forced to work 12 to 14 hours a day, often seven days a week, for wages as low as 6 and a half cents an hour.Right here in the United States, Wal-Mart's own internal audit found 1,371 instances in which minors worked too late at night, during school hours, or too many hours in a day. It also found 60,767 instances of workers missing breaks and 15,705 instances where employees were forced to work and miss meal times.Despite all of this, Wal-Mart refuses to adopt a zero tolerance policy on child labor! Our children deserve better from Wal-Mart. This holiday season, tell Wal-Mart to adopt a zero tolerance policy on child labor.

I do not EVER shop Wal-Mart or Sam's, and will not ever knowingly support any commercial endeavor in which the Walton's grubby, blood-stained fingers have dabbled. I would not shop there, whether or not they were child-friendly, as long as they manifest their profound hostility to the organizing efforts of their workers.
But that's prob'ly just me...

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