November 1, 2006 : Lunch Breaks? Not at Walmart and Asda!
In the US, Wal-Mart lose a bit of change from their back trouser pockets after losing a lawsuit. In the UK, ASDA (owned by Wal-Mart), the second largest supermarket in the country, are accused of scheming to undermine workers.
In the US, workers from a Pennsylvanian Wal-Mart have successfully sued the company for unpaid overtime and for disallowing lunch breaks. Wal-Mart lost on the 12th October after jurors ruled that ‘Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world’s largest retailer, violated Pennsylvania labor laws by forcing hourly employees to work through rest periods and after their shifts had ended.'
The battle isn’t over yet. There’s ongoing concern about Wal-Mart’s consistent disregard of workers’ rights and of its union busting activities.
In the UK, campaigning group War On Want uncovered a leaked document: ‘Warehouse Chip Away Strategy 2005’. This document outlines how ‘Asda senior management plan to drastically undermine labour standards.'