Workers have today walked off the job at seven branches of Walmart across Dallas. The workers then joined protests outside, demanding that workers are paid a minimum of $25,000 a year. The action organised by the ‘OUR Walmart’ campaign has been played down by company lickspittles, who claim that very few employees have been involved, and that busloads of pickets had been transported between stores to boost numbers.
These latest walkouts follow on from similar wildcat actions in Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, and Miami. They are planning more of the same on ‘Black Friday’, traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year, which signals the start of the Christmas shopping period.
A toadying Walmart spokesperson claimed that:
“Few associates have participated in these actions because they understand the truth about working for Walmart, that it provides more opportunities for career advancement and economic security than any other company in the country. Despite similar tactics from activists on Black Friday last year, we had one of our best events ever.”
Just to reiterate what I wrote in a recent blog post about Walmart organising food collections for their workers:
“Walmart is one of the largest and most profitable organisations in the world, yet pays over 450,000 of their valued ‘associates’ less than the federal poverty line ($23,550). Workers at an average sized Walmart store receive $1.2 million a year in welfare payments to take them above the poverty line.”
Earlier this week, the ‘National Labour Relations Board ‘said they would be filing complaints against Walmart due to the bullying and intimidation of Walmart employees who participated in last years ‘Black Friday’ strikes, as workers across dozens of stores had been dismissed, disciplined, and(or) surveilled.
Sarita Gupta, a spokesperson from ‘Jobs with Justice’, said that:
“The board's decision confirms what Walmart workers have long known -- the company is illegally trying to silence employees who speak out for better jobs,"
Solidarity with everyone at Walmart!