The Straits Times
Published on Nov 24, 2012

Walmart workers hail wage protest as success


NEW JERSEY (AFP) - Walmart workers hailed their wage protest on Saturday, saying their walkout on "Black Friday" showed the world's largest retailer their determination to fight against all odds.

Hundreds of protesters targeted Walmart stores across the United States on Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, accusing the bargain superstore of ripping off its own employees.

The protests were designed to disrupt the Black Friday shopping frenzy, after Thursday's Thanksgiving holiday, when deep discounts pulled in waves of customers.

"Today's protests at Walmart stores across the country are a reminder of the enormous power of working people uniting to demand a better future with a living wage, affordable health care and respect on the job," said Ms Mary Kay Henry, president of the 2.1 million-strong Service Employees International Union.