Labor activists, retailer clashing

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Date of publication: October 26, 2008

Source: Arkansas Democrat Gazette

Author: Steve Painter

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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is sparring with a small labor rights group that says it has documented worker abuse at a garment factory in Bangladesh that helps supply the Bentonville-based retailer’s stores.

SweatFree Communities says its report “Sweatshop Solutions: Economic Ground Zero in Bangladesh and Wal-Mart’s Responsibility” is based on interviews with more than 90 workers. Those workers, the report states, cite instances of co-workers being kicked or slapped for minor infractions, including one claim that a pregnant woman miscarried after being kicked by a line supervisor.

When Wal-Mart inspects the plant, the report contends, factory managers know ahead of time and workers are coached on what to tell the inspectors...