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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-31-06 08:34 AM
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Wal-Mart Sets Up Trade Union In Beijing



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Wal-Mart Sets Up Trade Union In Beijing
August 31, 2006

Wal-Mart employees at the company's Xuanwumen store in Beijing have organized a trade union, the first for the company in China's capital. Seventy-three employees have already joined the union.

The Beijing Federation of Trade Unions says it appreciates the opening of the Wal-Mart trade union and regards it as a breakthrough for foreign companies setting up trade unions in China.

BFTU says the establishment of the first Wal-Mart trade union in Beijing will bring a profound impact to the setup of trade unions by other foreign companies in Beijing.

Wal-Mart made commitments on August 9 that it would help China's union authority establish branches in all its stores across the country. More than 15 trade unions have since been set up in the cities of Shenzhen, Nanjing, Jinan, Fuzhou, Shenyang, Dalian and Nanchang.


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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-31-06 08:44 AM
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1. Good news - misleading title
I'm sure that Walmart fought tooth and nail to avoid the trade union.

But it's only fitting and proper, since China IS officially a socialist nation.

There's been far too much unfettered captialism and people are beginning to realize that big corporations are not going to cut the workers any slack all by themselves.
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RUZIK1 Donating Member (49 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-31-06 09:00 AM
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2. Not newsworthy, Walmart is a phony
There are no "trade Unions" in China. This is a company union like a government controlled union. Its only value is as propaganda for the state and/or Walmart.It is bad for workers.
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