Saturday, July 29, 2006

WalMart: Running From Workers Rights ...Always


It's been a bad week for poor old WalMart.
They lost a court battle in Saskatchewan,where they were trying underhanded techniques to thwart worker unionization.
Wal-Mart Canada Corp. has lost its battle to have the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board prohibited from hearing cases related to efforts to unionize stores in the province. In a written decision, Court of Queen's Bench Mr. Justice Frank Gerein said there was "absolutely no evidence" of attempts to interfere with the operations of the labour board or to require members of the board to read certain union documents that were highly critical of Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart had tried to argue the board is biased and should be prohibited from dealing with cases related to the chain. The United Food and Commercial Workers Union has applied to the labour relations board for certification to represent workers at Wal-Mart stores in Weyburn, North Battleford and Moose Jaw.

And in Germany they took a loss to sell off all of their stores.
"As we focus our efforts on where we can have the greatest impact on our growth and return on investment strategies, it has become increasingly clear that in Germany's business environment, it would be difficult for us to obtain the scale and results we desire," Michael Duke, a vice chairman of Wal-Mart, said in a statement.

Must be terrible trying to keep up in an environment where you can't treat your workers like crap and all your business practises must be above board.

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