Wal-Mart: Poor labour conditions in retail stores

Walmart has dealt with protests and numerous lawsuits within its own organisation, many of them class actions1. Recurring issues are low wages, inflexible-working schedules which are difficult to combine with private life, forcing ill employees to work or leave the company, unpaid overtime and most of all, blocking attempts at unionisation2.

In October 2014 Walmart announced it would cut costs by cutting health care for 30,000 part time workers and raise premiums for its other employees in the wake of the federal health-care law3.

  1. Ira Boudway (2012): ‘Labor Disputes, the Walmart Way’: Business Week (accessed 13.10.2014) []
  2. Making change at Walmart (2012): What happened to Sam Walton’s creed of Respect the Associate (accessed 15.10.2014) []
  3. Shelly Banjo, Anna Wilde Mathews, Theo Francis (2014): Wal-Mart to end Health Insurance for some part-time employees; Wall Street Journal (accessed 14.10.2014) []