Thursday, July 14, 2005

Wal-Mart: Bad For The World

Seems Wal-Mart hasn't been behaving itself in developing nations either:

Wal-Mart whistleblower James Lynn, who used to be in charge of plant certification for all of Wal-Mart's direct factory suppliers in Latin America, has documented what the National Labor Coalition in New York says is 'a consistent pattern of gross women's and human rights violations and harsh sweatshop conditions.' In factories producing for Wal-Mart he found mandatory pregnancy testing, body searches, locked fire exits, workers fainting from excessive heat, forced overtime including 24-hour all-night shifts, filthy bathrooms lacking even toilet paper and soap, no clean drinking water, workers docked two to three days pay for taking a sick day, and an atmosphere of repression and fear.