Walmart was hit by protests and staff walkouts at stores across the country on Black Friday (video below).
The protesters demonstrated against low wages, retaliation by management and poor benefits.
Walmart employees in Atlanta, Miami, Dallas, Wisconsin, California’s Bay Area, Chicago, Washington DC and other cities took part in the protests, reports RawStory.com.
The protests were co-ordinated by OUR Walmart, which claimed that there were 1,000 protests in 46 states.
Walmart claimed this was their best Black Friday ever and that the majority of protesters were not Walmart workers.
Bill Simon, Walmart’s US president and chief executive officer, said: “Only 26 protests occurred at stores last night and many of them did not include any Walmart associates. We had very safe and successful Black Friday events at our stores across the country and heard overwhelmingly positive feedback from our customers."
However, Dan Schlademan, director at lobby group Making Change at Walmart, said that “hundreds and hundreds” of workers were taking action and many were fired or had their hours cut because they took part in the protests.
Schlademan added: “This has been an amazing moment but we are just at the starting point of what we are doing."
Mary Pat Tifft, an OUR Walmart member and 24-year associate, said: “For Walmart associates this has been the best Black Friday ever. We stood together for respect across the country. Walmart has spent the last 50 years pushing its way on workers and communities. In just one year, leaders of OUR Walmart and Warehouse Workers United have begun to prove that change is coming to the world’s largest employer.”