- Arts & Leisure
by Karen McVeigh
WALMART WORKERS AND supporters in the trade union movement say they intend to stage a new series of protests over wages and conditions at America’s largest private employer, in which they will target the firm’s family-friendly ethic ahead of its annual shareholders meeting next week.
Hundreds of so-called “Walmart moms” who work at stores across the U.S. plan strikes in 20 cities nationwide. Others will travel to Arkansas, the company’s home state, to provide a visual presence to shareholders.
The actions follow a series of “Black Friday” rallies last year, which came after a House of Representatives committee report found taxpayers were subsidizing workers at just one Walmart store to the tune of $1 million a year in foodstamps and other public-assistance programes, because of the low wages they took home.
Walmart, which is coming in for increasing criticism over its treatment of staff and other