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UNI Global Alliance launches drive to change Walmart

11.02.12

NOVEMBER 2012 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton edition of The Union News

UNI Global Alliance launches drive to change Walmart

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, October 20th- The UNI Global Alliance, a international network of labor unions headquartered in Switzerland, is conducting a world drive to force Walmart to change their business practices and respect workers’ rights.

The UNI pledged to fight for fairness, decent working conditions and a union voice for Walmart workers at its inaugural meeting in Los Angles on October 5th.

“Walmart affects the lives of many millions and is the single most influential private actor on the planet ” stated Alke Boessiger, Head of UNI Global Alliance.

UNI Global Alliance released a report “Walmart’s Global Strategy: Undercutting Workers’ Rights” which focuses on Walmart’s global track record of disrespecting workers’ rights and lowering wages.

Los Angeles Walmart workers went on strike, the first strike action in the company’s 50 year history in the United States, on October 3rd and UNI Global Alliance held their meeting in California to show support for the workers.

Walmart spokesperson stated the strike action by their workers was a stunt for the benefit of the UNI delegation that visited Los Angeles to launch the Alliance.

“Once again Walmart is out of touch with reality on the ground in their own stores. People were matching because they wanted to impress on Walmart that they have had enough of the company crushing the opportunties for workers to form a union and because of poor working conditions,” said UNI General Secretary Phillip Jennings.

“It’s time to face down the bully. Walmart should accept the new reality. They now face a global alliance that is prepared to take a stand for decent work and for the rights of Walmart staff worldwide,” added Mr. Jennings.

Walmart has resisted labor union organizing for their stores. Walmart has went as far as to close a store that workers voted for unionization and reopened at another site avoiding bargaining for a collective bargaining agreement with a union.

UNI Global Alliance is supported by the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Union in Washington, DC which has attempted to organize Walmart workers for several decades. The retailer has opposed UFCW organizing attempts.

If we band together and act as one, we can change Walmart,” stated UFCW President Joe Hanson.

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