Strikers to #BoycottWalmart on Black Friday
Strikers to #BoycottWalmart on Black FridayAre fed up workers shaking the corporate giant?
Walmart warehouse employee Nick Saintclaire and other supporters rally in support of striking workers in front of a store in Pico Rivera, California, November 20, 2012. REUTERS/Bret Hartman
Workers at several US Walmart stores plan to strike over the Thanksgiving holiday and on Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Union-financed groups Making Change at Walmart and Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart) are organizing the Black Friday and "Black Thursday" protests, the newest in a wave of strikes dating back to October.
Walmart claims the that the protests are illegal and an attempt to unionise its workers, who are prohibited from collective bargaining. The company has filed a complaint with the US National Labor Relations Board.
The strikes, which began last week, are in response to the company's decision to open its doors on Thursday evening, a national holiday in the United States. Organisers say that over 1000 protests are planned for Thursday evening and Friday.