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Tesco now controls over 30% of the grocery market in the UK. In 2008, the supermarket chain announced £2.8 billion in profits. Growing evidence indicates that Tesco's success is partly based on trading practices that are having serious consequences for suppliers, farmers and workers worldwide, local shops and the environment.
Global trade and lending organizations such as the World Trade Organization (WTO), the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund have made it harder for organizations in any one country, or even governments to protect the interests of their citizens from the greed of multinational corporations. The assets of some of the largest corporations exceed those of many nations. Only as a united global community can we stop them from destroying the environment, violating the most basic human rights of their workers, and exploiting children as a source of cheap labor.
ASDA / WALMART
Walmart company is famous for its unfair labor practices around the world. Not only does this chain mistreat many employees that work for them, it also sells goods made by suppliers that grossly violate the rights of their workers around the world. Despite protests and a law suit they have refused to correct these problems.
Wal-Mart's Shirts of Misery - Walmart In Bangladesh
(The Following Information on Walmart was Obtained from the National Labor Committee Web-site)
When you purchase a shirt in Walmart, do you ever imagine young women in Bangladesh forced to work from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., seven days a week, paid just 9 cents to 20 cents an hour, who are denied health care and maternity leave; screamed at to work faster; with monitored bathroom visits; and who will be fired for daring to complain or ask for their rights?
At the Beximco factory in the Dhaka Export Processing Zone in Bangladesh, there are 1,000 workers, at least 80 percent of them young women, sewing shirts and pants for Walmart and other retailers. Beximco is a sweatshop, where
human rights are systematically violated.
• 9 to 20 cents an hour
• 40% to 70% below the legal wage
• $4.28 to $9.52 a week
Helpers, who assist the sewers by supplying the production line among other tasks, are paid just 9 cents an hour, less than 75 percent of the legal norm.
Overtime work, according to Bangladeshi law, must be paid at double the standard hourly wage of 33 cents an hour. The legal overtime rate, therefore, should be 66 cents an hour, but the Beximco workers earn just 20 cents.
Walmart Workers in Bangladesh Earn:
Sewing operators: 20 cents an hour/ $9.52 a week/ $69.28 a month/ $831.34 a year
Helpers: 9 cents an hour/ $4.28 a week/ $18.56 a month/ $222.68 a year
IS THIS REALLY FAIR? WOULD YOU WORK FOR THIS?
WE MUST STOP SUPPORTING THOSE COMPANIES WHO CONTINUE WITH CHILD OR SLAVE LABOUR UNTIL WE HAVE A FAIR AND JUST WORLD FOR ALL.
What Can We Do?
We can have an impact.
We do have a voice.
Walmart sells more clothing in North America than any other company in the United States or Canada. We purchase this clothing. That gives us a voice and the power to demand that Walmart respect human and worker rights in Bangladesh.
Write to or Call Walmart:
Mr. David Glass, President & CEO
702 SW 8th Street
Bentonville, AR 72716
phone: (501) 273-4000
fax: (501) 273-4894
Urge Walmart to:
Respect all local labor laws in Bangladesh, including EPZ wage regulations;
Not cut and run, rather stay and work with Beximco management to bring the plant into compliance with local and international human and worker rights standards;
Immediately reinstate all illegally fired workers, with back pay;
Guarantee payment, at the very least, of all legal wage rates, overtime premiums, and benefits, especially maternity benefits and the savings fund;
End the seven day a week forced overtime; all overtime must be voluntary and paid at double the standard hourly rate; ensure that the workers have at least one full day off a week;
End the maltreatment and abuse of the workers and stop the monitoring of bathroom visits; and
Respect the workers right to organize -- the most fundamental of all internationally recognized labor rights.