We are talking about systematic gender discrimination and the denial of rights to enter into unions. Among the suppliers there are child labor and compulsory unpaid overtime as well as dramatic measures such as unreasonable punishment and lock-in of the workers. There are violations of human rights, labor rights and the UN Convention against Child Labor.
When given a chance to answer these charges, Wal-Mart responded with silence, she added.
Where Wal-Mart does choose to be vocal is in its support of the GOP. It is known for its major campaign contributions, 85 percent of which have gone to Republicans. During the 2004 campaign cycle, wherein Wal-Mart was the #2 donor, Dick Cheney lavished glowing praise upon the corporation:
This is one of our nation's great companies.... The story of Wal-Mart exemplifies some of the very best qualities in our country -- hard work, the spirit of enterprise, fair dealing, and integrity.... [it is] a tremendous operation, an economic powerhouse, and a real credit to the United States of America.... The managers and associates at this great company are helping to drive our economy forward. You're making a vital contribution to the most prosperous economy in the world. It's an honor to stand with the workers of this outstanding company.
For once, there is no reason to doubt his sincerity.