Workers at Walmart stores in Changde, Hunan Province, and Ma’anshan, Anhui Province, in China are protesting Walmart’s plans to close the stores.
According to the Financial Times (behind a paywall), Walmart is in the process of closing 20 stores in China. Store closures present workers globally with loss of income, disrupting family life, jeopardizing housing and the educational opportunities of children. Abrupt closures leave workers with little time to plan transitions and are often an occasion for avoiding payments due workers when they are laid off. Media and labor activists in China report that Walmart has not consulted with the local union in Changde on its closure plans. Workers are demanding that the company comply with Chinese labor laws in full, rescind dismissals of its workers and negotiate in good faith with the local trade union. The AFL-CIO supports the demands of Chinese workers.