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(The New York Times)   In the wake of a tragic fire Walmart is doing everything it can to promote worker safety in its factories, except for those measures which cost money   ( divider line
    More: Stupid, worker safety, Wal-Mart, fire alarms, internal communications, Bangladeshi, trade policies  
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2012-12-29 03:50:54 PM  
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"In the event of fire the employee should continue to work until the fire reaches the employee's work station. At that point the company policy for bathroom breaks will be suspended to allow the employee to urinate in the direction of the fire.
If urine stream is ineffective and the work station is at risk the employee should immediately clock out and then move toward whichever exit isn't just a door painted on the wall."
2012-12-30 01:34:57 AM  
1 vote:

Fark Me To Tears: FTFA: "We will not buy from an unsafe factory," Mr. Duke told the audience. "If a factory is not going to operate with high standards, then we would not purchase from that factory."

This is absolute horsesh*t. The savings that Walmart passes on to its consumers comes specifically from selling products that are made in countries which have lower standards of living and much less restrictive safety and environmental regulations. This is how they can keep the prices so low. If the safety regulations were the same in those other countries, the products would be more expensive and would be less attractive to Walmart's corporate buyers. The phrase Duke uses, "high standards," is a throwaway. It doesn't have any real meaning, especially in this context.

I still find it ironic that the title of the book about Sam Walton's empire is called Sam Walton: Made in America. Sam may have been made in America, but the only thing American about Walmart is the company's corporate home office in Bentonville, AR, and even a good number of the jobs that used to be located there are now overseas.

Wait, I'll do it: Duke sucks.
2012-12-29 06:19:38 PM  
1 vote:
Walmart doesn't have factories.
2012-12-29 05:09:05 PM  
1 vote:
MaoMart has stockholders to feed. Fark the employees. you're living in Freedomville now.
2012-12-29 01:59:29 PM  
1 vote:

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