Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Tell Wal-Mart: Stop Abusive Child Labor

This holiday season, it is time for Wal-Mart to adopt a zero-tolerance policy on child labor. For too long, Wal-Mart has repeatedly violated U.S. child labor laws and profited from overseas child labor abuses.

Our children deserve better than Wal-Mart this holiday season.

Please sign the petition and tell Wal-Mart to adopt a zero-tolerance policy on child labor:

http://wakeupwalmart.com/feature/holidays/childlabor.html

Shockingly, Wal-Mart’s own internal audit, revealed by the New York Times, found “extensive violations” of child labor laws and state regulations. In fact, the audit of just one week’s time clock records found 1,371 instances in which minors worked too late at night, during school hours, or too many hours in a day. It also found 60,767 instances of workers missing breaks and 15,705 instances where employees were forced to work and miss meal times.

In addition, a recent investigation into a factory in Bangladesh revealed that children, some only 11 years old, were making clothing for Wal-Mart. The children report being routinely slapped and beaten, forced to work 12 to 14 hours a day, often seven days a week, and paid as low as 6 and a half cents an hour.

Yet, despite all of the facts, Wal-Mart has refused to adopt a zero tolerance policy on child labor.

Please sign the petition and tell Wal-Mart to adopt a zero-tolerance policy on child labor:

http://wakeupwalmart.com/feature/holidays/childlabor.html

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