| WAL-MART |
is another major company in the United States operating thousands
of stores all over the states, and making about $118 billion annually
in sales, with employees of 825,000. "In 2000, Wal-Mart's
assets totaled more than the GDP of 155 of the 192 countries in
the world, with the annual sales of more than $137.6 billion."
They mostly operate sweatshops in Saipan, China and Nicaragua
that manufacture most of the clothes sold in their stores. People
in the stores work for ten hours a day and seven days a week and
are paid as low as twelve cents. They are unable to complain at
all. The children are often strip searched for food or water being
brought in to prevent them from soiling the clothes from the food
and water. They are often hungry and dehydrated and are forced to
work overtime without pay; it is considered as volunteer pay. Also,
affiliated is Kathy Lee Gifford, where she owns her own sweatshop
in Honduras selling her line of clothing to Wal-Mart.
has been fined about $200,000 for violating 1,436 child labor
laws by the Maine Department of Labor, when it was discovered that
Wal-Mart employed under-aged children and making them work at least
ten days in a row. They had been warned several times, but they
persisted. This fine was the largest fine that the state ever levied.
Sources: Forbes, 1999; Daily Labor Report, 2000 and http://www.now.org/issues
/wfw/wm-facts.html#foot2,1995-2002 and Daily
Labor Report, 2000