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wal-mart declares war on workers October 2, 2006

Posted by Brad Richert in business.

Realizing that they can do whatever they want and that their soul was bought out by the devil many years ago, Wal-Mart executives have audaciously announced that they are capping wages in order to hire more part-time workers. These soul-less beings said that the new policies are meant to serve the customer better – but hey, who cares about your workers? Wal-Mart already is known to have some of the worse records when it comes to treating their employees. Last October the giant corporation had a part-time workforce of 20% – it now has 25% to 30%. Analysts are predicting Wal-Mart wants to push that to 40%. Many Wal-Mart employees ‘survive’ on minimum wage with no benefits, even while working full time.

It is little wonder that when I walk into Wal-Mart both customers and worker’s faces look nothing like that stupid little yellow face. Why shouldn’t the 34-year-old ‘greeter’ have a perma-scowl? Why should the 19-year-old clerk bother smiling at me? I can not blame them. In a job market that is not exactly friendly to people without experience, places like McDonald’s and Wal-Mart are often the only option. It is not as simple as just leaving Wal-Mart for a better job. There often is no better job. Probably because the local Wal-Mart put five other stores out of business. Not that Wal-Mart executives are concerned. I have seen Mr. Scott, CEO, in interviews which he takes one criticism after another, and shrugs every single one off. My favourite is when they quote their average hourly full-time wage of $9.68 (nearly twice the minimum wage). I wonder what that means for their 30% part time workers? Not to mention that their average is including full-time workers that have worked for 10-20 years.

I hope to write a longer article on Wal-Mart later, but feel free to check out some of my sources.

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1. ruhi - October 2, 2006

I couldnt agree more with you here…this is simply crazy. I think the workers should just go on a strike or sth! I know its easier said than done; Wal-mart must win the award for being the most-hated store out there!

2. Wal-Mart Is Evil « One Thing I Know - October 2, 2006

[…] Thanks to Brad Richert of The Audacity of Individuality for this reference. Brad refers to a story from Reuters about Wal-Mart seeking to hire more part-time employees. This way Wal-Mart can keep giving us those low, low prices that we have come to depend upon. After all, part-time employees can be paid less, get no benefits (such as health insurance), and keep the company’s bottom line healthier than those silly and completely unnecessary full-time guys and girls. Can I see a smiley face or two? […]

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