Walmart targeted over labour practices at CJ Seafood
Date: 25 Jun 2012
Over 140,000 people have signed a petition calling on Walmart to end its relationship with supplier CJ Seafood for alleged abusive working conditions.
The petition on change.org says that CJ Seafood forced Mexican workers to work for up to 24 hours at a time without overtime and the company threatened physical violence to stop workers taking breaks. Walmart represents the vast majority of business of CJ Seafood, meaning that if the petition were successful it would certainly mean its target would be forced to close.
The petition was established by worker Ana Rosa Diaz, a 40 year old Mexican working for CJ Seafood in Louisiana.
Walmart has said that it carried out an investigation into the complaints but had been unable to substantiate the allegations. The Workers Rights Consortium said that it had carried out its own investigations and found the claims to be fully founded.
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