News & opinion on Greater China and the even Greater Beyond: by Biff Cappuccino.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

China’s Union Push Leaves Wal-Mart With Hard Choice: ACFTU's goal is to increase the number of foreign companies with unionized work forces. Currently, only about 30% of foreign companies in China have trade unions. Trade groups are aiming for 60% by the end of this year and 80% by 2007. Biff- Sure, return to socialism, which has worked so well before... There goes the economy.
-- Wal-Mart has a history in both the U.S. and abroad of resisting the involvement of any third-parties with its work force. In 2000, a group of butchers in a Texas Wal-Mart supercenter voted to unionize. Shortly thereafter, Wal-Mart announced it was switching to prepackaged beef and reassigned the store's butchers. In Canada, the United Food and Commercial Workers organized a Jonquiere, Quebec, Wal-Mart in 2004. The retailer shuttered the store last year, claiming it was losing money and that union demands would prevent it from becoming profitable. Biff- Outstanding. I ain't no fan of unions.

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