Group: Wal-Mart Violates Workers’ Rights

While Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is not alone in engaging in illegal anti- union tactics, the retailer “stands out for the extreme sophistication and aggressiveness of its anti-union strategies.”  – Human Rights Watch

By ANNE D’INNOCENZIO
Associated Press

April 30, 2007 – The Scrooge Report Post

NEW YORK—Wal-Mart’s exploitation of weak U.S. labor laws interferes with workers’ rights to organize and violates the human rights of its employees, according to a report by Human Rights Watch, an independent nongovernment organization.

In a 210-page report released Monday, Human Rights Watch said Wal-Mart uses an arsenal of sophisticated tactics—some of which it says are illegal_ aimed at thwarting union organization and creating a climate of fear for its 1.3 million U.S. workers.

The Human Rights Watch study was based on interviews with 41 current and former Wal-Mart workers, managers, labor lawyers and union organizers between 2004 and early 2007. The organization also said it analyzed cases against Wal-Mart charging the company with violating U.S. labor and employment laws.

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