In the Chinatown area of Los Angeles, over 50 people have been arrested during a protest demanding better wages for Walmart workers. The trade union organised action involved more than 200 trade unionists, Walmart workers, and their supporters, who gathered outside a new Walmart store and sat in the road – blocking the road for a period of time before being arrested and dragged off. The police kept all those arrested in jail overnight unless they could find $500 bail.
Glen Arnodo, a spokesperson for the protestors said that:
“The event was to draw attention to Wal-Mart’s role in income equality. Wal-Mart really perpetuates and epitomizes the unequal distribution of wealth that we have in this country right now. Most of the people taking part in this peaceful protest were union members, including teachers and nurses, community activists and others.”
A Wal-Mart lickspittle claimed that:
“All Wal-Mart stores in Los Angeles County remain open. We’ve seen time and again that there are virtually no Wal-Mart associates participating in these orchestrated events because they know the truth about working for Wal-Mart. We provide our associates with more opportunities for career growth and greater economic security for their family than many other companies in America.”
The boss’s lackey who gave the interview must not be aware that Wal-Mart’s wages are so low that the average Wal-Mart store (300 workers) claims on average $1.2 million a year in welfare payments to boost their shit wages.
Wal-Mart worker, Anthony Goytia, a father of two, claims that he is only paid $12,000 a year. He said that the electricity is cut off on a regular basis as he cannot afford to pay his bills. He takes regular pay-day loans, attends food-banks, and participates in clinical trials, and sells his blood. He has been pushing for full time hours for over a year, but his boss prefers to take on temporary workers so that they can be dismissed at any time.
Campaigners claim that Wal-Mart can afford to pay every employee a minimum of $25,000 a year, citing the $17,000,000,000 profit that was made last year and the owners (Walton family) fortune of billions of dollars – which equates to the entire wealth of the bottom 42% of American families.