Plevy said she was most concerned with the company’s relationships with alleged sweat shops in India, China and Bangladesh. According to her study, suppliers in Bangla Desh pay workers 6-cents an hour; in China, they get 7-cents an hour; in Nicaragua, the pay is $23 cents an hour and in Swaziland, the workers get 53 cents an hour.Which is to say that they may be exploiting neighborhoods here at home but they are also doing more than their part to guarantee the third world stays in the third world by paying such ridiculously low wages.
And, before anyone says the sweat shops aren't under Wal-Mart's direct control, don't be fooled. If Wal-Mart wanted them to pay more and treat those workers more fairly, they most certainly could. Hell, they forced Vlasic to sell their pickles at a friggin' loss!WalMart