Walmart - Low Wages and Even Lower Morals

Stilag By Stilag, 30th Nov 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/35-gkpq_/
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Walmart is one of the worst companies in the whole world. They treat people like they are expendable and dare you to say or do anything about it. They truly are the evil empire.

Walmart - Low Wages and Even Lower Morals

Let me start out by saying I don't like putting down anyone for making money. Though there comes a point when companies become so unethical at something has to be said. I will personally never shop at Wal-Mart ever again. There crimes range through every spectrum of ridiculousness. They have had lawsuit after lawsuit thrown at them, these include but are by no means limited to racism, sexism, widespread bribery inside Mexico to gain market dominance, low wages, poor working conditions, inadequate health care, as well as issues involving the company's strong anti-union policies. Not to mention Wal-Mart has been criticized for not providing adequate supervision of its foreign suppliers. It has also been criticized for using sweatshops and prison labor. For example, in 1995, Chinese dissident Harry Wu charged that Walmart was contracting prison labor in Guangdong Province. However, Walmart says it does not use prison labor. There have also been reports of teenagers in Bangladeh working in sweatshops 80 hours per week at $0.14 per hour, for Walmart supplier Beximco. On top of that, Wal-Mart is trying to push a particular ideology or as a response to its original rural, religious and conservative target market. In 2003, Walmart removed certain men's magazines from its shelves, such as Maxim, FHM, and Stuff, citing customer complaints regarding their racy content. Later that year, it decided to partly obscure the covers of Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, and Redbook on store shelves due to "customer concerns", and refused to stock an issue of Sports Illustrated's swimsuit special because of one photograph. It has also refused to sell the December 2011 issue of WWE Magazine due to its controversial cover depicting The Rock doused with fire. Until the mid-1990s, Walmart took out corporate-owned life insurance policies on its employees including "low-level" employees such as janitors, cashiers, and stockers. Critics derided Wal-Mart as buying what they called "Dead Peasants Insurance" or "Janitor Insurance." Critics, as well as the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, charge that the company was trying to profit from the deaths of its employees, and take advantage of the tax law which allowed it to deduct the premiums. Though this next little fact is a good one for the masses. On January 3, 2011 it was discovered that the entrance to one of the holding corporate buildings of Wal-Mart Chile had a plate in homage to Augusto Pinochet, ex-Chilean dictator responsible of various human rights abuses, only after much controversy Wal-Mart Chile decided to remove said plate. The worst part is I could keep doing fact finding missions on Wal-Mart and I am sure I could keep going with this rant. Though that is not my point, my point is, the cost of low prices is far to high in human lifes.

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I use to work for Walmart and after stating the above I wanted to take a moment and point out two of the worst facts about them.

Walmart's health insurance is one of the worst policies in America. Walmart offers a health insurance at the high price of about $80 out of each check. Now lets take into consideration that the average pay rate is about $8 an hour. How is a employee expected to afford that? There not it is that simple, see Walmart encourages its employees to get Medicaid and public housing to compensate for low wages. In actuality that means that the tax payer pays for what Walmart does not want to pay for. How much does that cost us? 1,558,000,000 is the price tax payers pay to support Walmart employees, a multi-billion dollar company. Now you tell me how sick and sad that is.

Walmart talks a lot about how they want to help the environment, but here are some contrary facts.

1999: All new Walmart construction had been halted in the state of Pennsylvania due to state and federal environmental violations

2001: The EPA orders Walmart to pay out a $1 million dollar fine for clean water violations in 3 states: Texas, Oklahoma and Massachusetts

2004: Fined 3.1 million by EPA for clean water act violations in 9 states which was the highest fine for a retailer ever.

YOU WOULD THINK THEY WOULD LEARN BY THEN BUT....

2005: Connecticut EPA ordered Walmart to pay 1.15 million for clean water act violations in 22 stores statewide.

Please do the world a favor and never ever shop at this place again, unless you like putting money into the pockets of the devil.

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Business, Employee, Evil Empire, Society, Wages, Wal-Mart, Walmart, Work

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
30th Nov 2012 (#)

Sadly low prices are what many people care about and some feel as long as it s not them hurt directly by Walmart they just do not care.
Thanks for spreading awareness.

Monsanto, incidentally, has been voted many times as the least ethical company in the world, some of their products (such as Round UP) are sold by Walmart, but I have no idea where Walmart ranked on their ethics list.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
30th Nov 2012 (#)

An excellent compendium of the many egregious sins of Walmart. I have never shopped there and I never will. Hopefully, after reading your fine article, stilag, more people will join us.

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author avatar Clarence Schreiber
1st Dec 2012 (#)

Personally I do not care for shopping at Wal Mart. I prefer shopping at Target. There is unfortunately there is one opening up near my home.

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