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Friday, November 8, 2013

Dozens arrested in Walmart protest as anger against retail chain escalates

(A)s many as 825,000 Walmart workers – out of a workforce of 1.3 million – are paid less than $25,000 a year. 

"Dozens of people demanding better pay and conditions for Walmart workers were arrested at a protest in Los Angeles which organisers called the single biggest act of disobedience against the retail chain.
Police detained 54 people on Thursday night, including Walmart workers, union representatives and clergy members who sat in the street outside a Walmart store in Chinatown and refused to move, prompting officers to declare an unlawful assembly and move in.
“Walmart has proven its willingness to break the law by illegally firing workers and trying to silence them,” said Maria Elena Durazo, executive secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, one of the organisers. “We are sitting down today to demonstrate that we won't allow these dirty tactics in Los Angeles.” The demonstration was the latest in a year-long series of mostly small, vocal protests at Walmart stores around the US."