Thursday, February 22, 2007

For All You Asda Fans

Remember, Wal-Mart is Asda's parent company:

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. watchdog group has called on Wal-Mart Stores to put a stop to what it says is worker abuse at a factory in the Philippines that makes apparel for the retailer.

The Worker Rights Consortium said the Chong Won factory, which primarily makes clothing for Wal-Mart supplier One Step Up, has engaged in labour rights violations including forced overtime and minimum wage violations. The WRC has 167 U.S. college and university affiliates.

The WRC has accused the factory's management of colluding with government agents in violence against striking workers and said it based its charges on an on-site investigation from October 28 to November 2. WRC said it notified Wal-Mart in November.

Another reason not to shop at Asda.