Wal-Mart supply chain workers to crash “ethical sourcing” forum

Wal-Mart supply chain workers to crash “ethical sourcing” forum

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Wednesday, Sep. 19, 2012, at 11:20am, workers who have exposed forced labor and severe exploitation on the Wal-Mart supply chain will demand the chance to address a Wal-Mart sponsored “ethical sourcing” forum.

Two workers will offer media a briefing on their experiences of forced labor, retaliation, and severe exploitation on the Wal-Mart supply chain: Ana Rosa Diaz, a former guestworker who exposed forced labor at Wal-Mart supplier C.J.’s Seafood, and Javier Rodriguez, one of the warehouse workers on strike from Wal-Mart contractors NFI and Warestaff, supported by Warehouse Workers United.

The workers and their allies will then demand entrance to Walmart’s “multi-stakeholder forum” on how to “accelerate the adoption of measures to improve ethical sourcing in US Agriculture and Aquaculture supply chains.”

Wal-Mart has ignored dozens of requests from workers across Wal-Mart’s supply chain to take responsibility for ending exploitation on its supply chain. Nearly 150,000 supporters have signed on to the workers’ requests.

Instead, Wal-Mart attempted a highly publicized cover-up in the case of CJ’s Seafood, hired PR and lobbying firms to do damage control, and has refused any meeting with the workers.

Wal-Mart’s latest PR move is Wednesday’s “multi-stakeholder forum,” from which directly affected workers have been excluded—further confirmation that Wal-Mart regards severe exploitation on its supply chain not as a problem to be solved, but as an embarrassment to be swept under the rug.

WHAT: Wal-Mart supply chain workers crash Wal-Mart “ethical sourcing” forum

WHEN: Wednesday, Sep. 19, 11:20am

WHERE: Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

Gather on the 2nd floor conference area near the T St. entrance—enter at street level on T St. between Connecticut Ave. & Florida Ave.

CONTACT: Stephen Boykewich, 718-791-9162, stephen@guestworkeralliance.org

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