Follow Naijacrux on twitter .follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/naijacruxonline, or @naijacruxonline or search for naijacruxonline on twitter!!Like us on facebook .Like us at www.facebook.com/Naijacruxforum.Click Here To Last longer In Bed[Stay amused>>>Donít be a one minute Foul]>>> Love need Tips-See how Here


Author Topic: Black Friday demonstrations hit Walmart  (Read 554 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline jchima14

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1224
  • Karma: +0/-0
Black Friday demonstrations hit Walmart
« on: November 29, 2014, 10:43:39 PM »
Loading...
US workers seeking higher pay have staged demonstrations across the country targeting the global retail giant Walmart, on the same day Americans traditionally start their holiday shopping.

 
For the third straight year, hundreds of  workers demonstrated on Friday outside thousands of locations of Walmart, accusing the US largest private employer of paying wages below living standards.
Al Jazeera?s Tom Ackerman, reporting from Washington DC, said demonstrators were demanding a $15 an hour wage.

The US federal government requires a baseline of $7.25 hourly wage, although the actual wage depends on each state.

With gross profits of $130-bn in 2014, Walmart has been a ripe target for the movement to pass living wage laws across the US, he said.

Demonstrators said that even working full-time, Walmart employees need government subsidies to make ends meet, while the companies owners enjoy huge profits.

According to the Forbes magazine, the publicly-listed company?s largest stockholders include members of the Walton family, who are all listed as the world?s wealthiest individuals collectively worth an estimated $150-bn.

?I work 40 hours a week and per year I haven?t made over $25,000 so I?m still relying on government assistance,? Melinda Gaino, a Walmart worker, told Al Jazeera.

Ned Measel, a Walmart stocker, meanwhile said that despite working 40 hours a week, he is not earning enough to pay his rent.

?I can?t get my car fixed, I wait for shut-off notices from utilities before I can pay them,? he said.

Walmart blamed one union for the demonstrations.

?In several states the courts have restricted the protests and ordered union operatives not to set foot in the stores,? Al Jazeera?s Ackerman said.

Walmart has responded with a high-profile public relations campaign of its own to counter an image of exploiting workers stuck in dead-end jobs.

While the protesters marched outside, the company provided a few workers inside to help give the news media its side of the story.

At most, only a few hundred of Walmart?s 1.4 million employees were expected to stay away from work as part of this year?s protest, making limited impact on the Black Friday, when millions of Americans flock to the malls to shop.

Those who did join in the demonstration said they fear the company would retaliate by telling them not to bother coming back.

Since 2005, Black Friday has held the crown for the top sales day of the year in the US, according to ShopperTrak, which tracks data at 70,000 stores globally.

Bill Martin, co-founder of ShopperTrak, said Black Friday sales will be in the $9-bn range.
Source: http://www.ereporter.com.ng/index.php/world-news/item/1738-black-friday-demonstrations-hit-walmart



 

Unrest Overshadows Peaceful Protests in United States Amidst black man death

Started by bellanaija

Replies: 0
Views: 11940
Last post June 01, 2020, 12:34:16 PM
by bellanaija
US man who shot and killed nine black members of Charleston church face charges

Started by internet police

Replies: 0
Views: 913
Last post July 23, 2015, 12:55:24 AM
by internet police
Russia recovers black box from military plane crash, grounds TU-154 aircraft

Started by admin

Replies: 0
Views: 1301
Last post December 27, 2016, 12:12:14 PM
by admin
4 United States White Police Officers Fired for killing another Black Man

Started by yungcrux

Replies: 0
Views: 9822
Last post May 27, 2020, 02:06:40 PM
by yungcrux
Russia opens black box of warplane shut down by Turkey

Started by mastercode

Replies: 0
Views: 622
Last post December 18, 2015, 08:51:59 PM
by mastercode
7 charged in Los Angeles With Firebomb Attacks on Black Families

Started by yungcrux

Replies: 0
Views: 632
Last post July 08, 2016, 01:56:33 AM
by yungcrux
US Longest Serving Black Congressman, Dies at 90

Started by newspostng

Replies: 0
Views: 6185
Last post October 28, 2019, 04:25:02 PM
by newspostng
US Suspends 7 Police Officers in Black Manís Death

Started by naij

Replies: 0
Views: 6647
Last post September 07, 2020, 04:28:26 PM
by naij
President Trump and Congressional Leaders to Meet Friday Over Shutdown

Started by naij

Replies: 0
Views: 10134
Last post January 04, 2019, 07:31:33 AM
by naij
United States to Sign Big New Coronavirus Aid Package Friday

Started by lindaikeji

Replies: 0
Views: 7954
Last post April 24, 2020, 02:05:48 PM
by lindaikeji