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Walmart Workers Ask For Basic Rights, Walmart Calls Riot Police


I suggest shoppers across the world boycott all Walmart stores and subsidiaries like ASDA in the UK

Attack the System

By Jessica Testa

Photo by @daneyvilla.

About 650 people protested a major Walmart distribution center Monday in Elwood, Illinois, the Chicago Tribute reports.

At Walmart contractor Roadlink, workers have been on strike since mid-September, claiming unsafe working conditions and unfair wages. From the movement’s website:

No one should come to work and endure extreme temperatures, inhale dust and chemical residue, and lift thousands of boxes weighing up to 250lbs with no support. Workers never know how long the work day will be- sometimes its two hours, sometimes its 16 hours. Injuries are common, as is discrimination against women and illegal retaliation against workers who speak up for better treatment.

Reports from the protest vary, but photos show riot police restraining some protesters with zip-ties. The rally had apparently been declared an “unlawful assembly.”

Photo by @daneyvilla.

Photo by @daneyvilla.

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6 responses

  1. In terms of boycotts and unethical companies – do you read ethical consumer?

    October 2, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    • Hello mate
      I haven’t – can you send me a link pls?

      October 2, 2012 at 6:31 pm

      • http://www.ethicalconsumer.org/

        Not too difficult, key in ethical consumer, but I’m in a mellow mood tonight.

        I started reading it 20+ years ago. Bit harder hitting and (to me) more thinking then, but I guess it’s going for a wider market now with an internet base.

        I’ve been sadly chucking out loads of them as I just don’t have the space and a lot of isn’t quite so relevant because of the varying company changes. But in terms of boycotts, workers’ rights, animals rights, environmentalism, nuclear issues, armaments etc – they were always brilliant.

        I did subscribe again earlier this year for an internet download version, but the downloads crashed so I got my money back. Maybe my browser, who knows. And I didn’t feel like accumulating another 15 years worth of mags to throw out.

        You can read some info for free, and if you have the space I’d recommend the magazines. Although not what they were, but miserable old gits like me always say that.

        October 2, 2012 at 6:47 pm

      • I’m older than you I’d guess. I’ll look for some copies when I’ve read your posts

        October 2, 2012 at 7:42 pm

  2. I’d guess by about 12 months, depending on when our birthdays are 😀

    October 3, 2012 at 6:17 am

    • Mine’s in May, born ’58
      It silly really the way we talk about age as if it mattered, yet in most contexts it doesn’t. I think it’s a hangover from schooldays when we’re put in our age cohorts for 11 years or so.

      October 3, 2012 at 8:03 am

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