Thursday, August 2, 2007

Unpaid Teens Work for Wal Mart Mexico

I have described Wal Mart as one of the most controversial companies on the globe. While on the one site, the enterprise is trying to respond to charges that have been made about their unethical behaviour. But then, what about this:

An additional 19,000 youngsters between the ages of 14 and 16 work after school in hundreds of Wal-Mart stores, mostly as grocery baggers, throughout Mexico—and none of them receives a red cent in wages or fringe benefits. The company doesn’t try to conceal this practice: its 62 Superama supermarkets display blue signs with white letters that tell shoppers: OUR VOLUNTEER PACKERS COLLECT NO SALARY, ONLY THE GRATUITY THAT YOU GIVE THEM. SUPERAMA THANKS YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING.
from: Newsweek, July 31, 2007

Is that the change, Wal Mart wants to see in the world?
Foto: broc7 on Flickr, licensed under CreativeCommons

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