Business Insider recently ran an article highlighting Walmart’s prices that are lower than anyone can match. Some of that is certainly due to Walmart’s initiatives such as ‘digging through the trash to spot employee waste’ (p. 12). But how much cost saving can be attributed to disregard for the law and abdication of responsibility?
Following a summer spent dealing with Mexican bribery fallout, the exploitation of workers at CJ’s Seafood, and fighting to keep its supply of Congolese blood minerals open, Al Jazeera reports that Walmart did not even have the common decency to give the day off on Labor Day.
September 3rd was just another grueling trial for the company’s warehouse workers in California, who work in high heat without the free access to water that is mandated by law. What water is on hand is often brown and dirty, and management restricts workers’ access to short, infrequent breaks. Without a union to defend them, workers are subject to harassment by bosses who know that it’s an employer’s labor market.