The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Walmart Workers Protest

Nov 26, 2012

Walmart workers and other supporters demonstrated at Walmart stores across the country on “Black Friday,” the day after Thanksgiving. They were protesting low wages and bad working conditions, including ridiculous hours requiring workers to report as early as 5 or 6 p.m. Thanksgiving evening to work all night into Friday morning, on one of the few holidays they have all year.

OUR Walmart, the group organizing the protests, expected demonstrations at up to 1000 stores nationwide. The New York Times reported that protests of varying sizes did take place at numerous stores, including one that drew 1000 people in Paramount, California. Whatever the numbers, Walmart workers certainly have reason to protest.

A Walmart spokesperson said, “The number of protests being reported ... are grossly exaggerated.” Perhaps ... but if Walmart really had no problem on their hands, they wouldn’t need to say anything!