Walmart can afford the best-paid public relations team, but spin doesn’t make a difference when it’s immediately contradicted by a leaked document.
Warehouse workers have raised serious concerns about broken equipment and high injury rates in the warehouses they work in, moving Walmart merchandise. But when they have asked for working equipment, they have been retaliated against.
But a management document from inside the warehouse tells a different story. A worker found a company checklist with Walmart’s logo on it that shows a lot of equipment is broken and even dangerous. The document is dated Aug. 8, but workers report that problems noted in the document still have not been fixed. (You can view the document here.)
This document proves Walmart and NFI know what the problems are, yet none of these serious hazards have been addressed.
Last week, warehouse workers delivered more than 120,000 signatures to Walmart in five cities. The next day, warehouse worker Javier Rodriguez cornered Walmart executive Rajan Kamalanathan, who heads the company’s ethical outsourcing initiative, at a private event in Washington, D.C. In Illinois, workers at a Walmart distribution center joined warehouse workers on strike to end retaliation.