Walmart and Amazon Workers Rights Petitions

It is no longer an unwritten law of American capitalism that industry will attempt to maintain wages at a level that allows a single wage to support a family.
Christopher Lasch

No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Wal-Mart: Stop Union-Busting and Treat Your Employees With Respect!

Please sign the following petitions to Walmart and Amazon

Walmart

Even after working at Wal-Mart for three years, Jennifer McLaughlin earns just $16,800 each year. Jennifer is considered well-paid for a Wal-Mart employee, though she struggles to care for her one-year-old son.

But Wal-Mart is the world’s largest retailer, raking in over $470 billion in annual sales. They have the money and the resources to treat their workers much, much better. Instead, the company is notorious for low pay, understaffing and poor benefits. Wal-Mart is currently fending off lawsuits in multiple states for violating labors laws, including equal pay and wage-and-hour laws.

Please take action for workers like Jennifer. Demand that Wal-Mart respect their employees and welcome a union to ensure workers’ rights are upheld.

Please read more and sign the petition

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/961/657/199/wal-mart-stop-union-busting-and-treat-your-employees-with-respect/?z00m=22367327

Walmart”s treatment of employees is a global problem. Below is an article written before black Friday which details the problems with Walmart and workers rights world-wide:

With close to 2.2 million employees worldwide, Walmart has built a reputation for low wages, poor working conditions and inadequate health care as well as strong anti-union policies. The poorest 10% of people in the UK would take on average 11 million years to earn the wealth of its ruling Walton family, who also control Asda.

So whether it’s paying poverty wages, or destroying Mexico’s cultural heritage, it’s time we stood up to this corporate giant.

The demands are simple:

Respect Workers who assert their freedom of association in an attempt to resolve issues or improve working conditions frequently face retribution from the company. Workers are harassed and intimidated by management when they try to voice concerns. So workers are asking for respect, safety and job security when we speak out.

Living Wages: Extremely low wages along with inconsistent work scheduling makes it difficult for workers in many countries to support their families. In fact due to the low wages of workplaces Governments in effect are subsidising the company by providing entitlements.

Employment Security: The imposition of part-time work, casual employment contracts or – in the case of Walmart’s 1.4 million U.S. workers – no contracts at all, means that we have no employment security. Workers are asking that full-time, permanent work be the rule rather than the exception.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/black-friday-2014-fight-against-walmart-goes-global-discount-bonanza-approaches-1475426

Employers such as Walmart and Amazon should pay their workers a living wage. Governments should not be making up for the short fall which is the case both in the USA and here in the UK. If you’re in work on low pay here in the UK you can apply for Working Tax Credit to top-up your earnings. All well and good but this is inadequate and is in reality a benefit given to corporations and big business which are more than able to pay their workers a decent wage for a reasonable days work, not the slave driven over worked and underpaid situation we have today in the modern workplace.

Amazon

Tell Amazon: Stop abusing your workers and the environment this holiday season!

Please sign the following petition

I was an Amazon employee, but now I’m sitting outside its Seattle headquarters to protest the cruel way it abuses its workers and the environment. Employees talk to me as they head into work, and their stories are downright disturbing. That’s why I started a hunger strike Nov. 25 and will go as long as it takes — we need to spread the word about this corporate giant’s dark side.

Will you stand with my protest and sign my petition today? Let CEO Jeff Bezos know that he needs to stop abusing his workers or you’ll consider taking your business elsewhere this holiday season!

Workers’ voices are ignored by Amazon, which is why you need to speak for them. Please help send Amazon a clear message — sign my Care2 petition today!

Read More and please sign the petition:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/510/891/427/

Read the the article below which well describes the hell of working for Amazon

Being homeless is better than working for Amazon’

Nichole Gracely has a master’s degree and was one of Amazon’s best order pickers. Now, after protesting the company, she’s homeless

I am homeless. My worst days now are better than my best days working at Amazon.

According to Amazon’s metrics, I was one of their most productive order pickers – I was a machine, and my pace would accelerate throughout the course of a shift. What they didn’t know was that I stayed fast because if I slowed down for even a minute, I’d collapse from boredom and exhaustion.

During peak season, I trained incoming temps regularly. When that was over, I’d be an ordinary order picker once again, toiling in some remote corner of the warehouse, alone for 10 hours, with my every move being monitored by management on a computer screen.

Read more:
http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/nov/28/being-homeless-is-better-than-working-for-amazon

Amazon embargo gains momentum as pledge sees £2.6m of sales diverted elsewhere in living wage protest
http://www.thedrum.com/news/2014/12/01/amazon-embargo-gains-momentum-pledge-sees-26m-sales-diverted-elsewhere-living-wage

Pledge to go Amazon Free
http://www.amazonanonymous.org/

Profoundly Sick Company
http://day0001.tumblr.com/ProfoundlySickCompany

Time for both Walmart and Amazon to treat their workers fairly and respect their right to a safe environment and a living wage. Both make millions and in the case of Walmart billions each year in profit, time to pay their workers properly and respect the fact that their lives are impotent, their time precious. Everyone deserves a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work and good working conditions. Time for Amazon and Walmart to respect that right.

Having said all that of course it is also time governments stepped in and make laws to protect workers’ rights. Governments should work in the interests of the people who elected them, for the majority of working people not the greedy grabbing exploitative minority. Time to demand better. It’s not always easy to boycott stores such as Walmart and Amazon and in general both here in the UK and the USA and no doubt elsewhere there are few businesses that respect the right to even a basic minimum wage let alone a living wage and the opportunity for full-time work not the vagaries of zero contracts. Frankly I think its time for a basic income so people are no longer at the mercy of greedy exploitative businesses, but that is probably another issue for another time.

 

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