Bentonvillle, AR – January 4, 2013 – When Walmart's chief executive, Michael Duke, appeared at a Council on Foreign Relations meeting in New York this month, a raucous crowd of protesters awaited him. Walmart was confronting reports of bribery in Mexico, a wave of labor demonstrations in the United States and, perhaps most critically, questions about a grisly fire that had killed 112 workers at a Bangladeshi garment factory used by several Walmart suppliers.
Washington, D.C. – January 4, 2013 – 2012 was a big year for OUR Walmart, Making Change at Walmart, and supporters of Walmart workers who are fed up with being retaliated against when speaking out on the job. Protests, walk-outs, strikes, and other actions caught the attention of the national media and other low-wage workers across the country, and Walmart is on the defense.
Exposé Reveals Wal-Mart Blocked Improvements Despite Vows to Improve Safety After Deadly Factory Fire
January 4, 2013 – Wal-Mart has vowed to improve safety problems among suppliers who make clothes for the company after at least 111 workers died in a deadly fire at a Bangladesh garment factory. But inspection reports found inside the facility underscore fundamental problems with how Wal-Mart’s supply chain allows it to avoid improving conditions.