Union backed activists are planning again to organizes strikes on Black Friday to push Walmart for higher wages. Walmart is not impressed and says that there will be again no major impact on the Walmart Black Friday sales events.
Walmart continues to draw criticism for its low wages. A recent report put Walmart on top of the worst paying employers in the United States. An image of a Walmart store asking for food donations for its associates that surfaced earlier this week (via Forbes) does not help Walmart's image.
The group OUR Walmart tries to get support from Walmart employees but also Walmart customers to push Walmart to improve its labor conditions and wages.
Forbes reports that Walmart is not impressed by the activists and said that the do not expect any disruptions. Walmart said that last year's strikes also just affected a very small fraction of its 1.3 million US employees.
Clearly it would make a lot of sense if someone works full time that he can live from his wage. On the other hand, consumers want the lowest prices. Would you be willing to pay more for Walmart products if Walmart would pay its associates more?
One strategic issue i see with the OUR Walmart strike plans. They actually plan the initiatives on the actual Black Friday, November 29. The Black Friday sale has though moved to Thanksgiving Day. Most of the sale will happen from 6pm Thanksgiving Day until 8am Black Friday. All three doorbuster events are in that time span. A strike during the day on Black Friday is not going to have much of an effect.
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