China Labor Watch report alleges abuses at Hantai Shoe, supplier to Wal-Mart

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Company response
29 July 2008

Response by Wal-Mart: China Labor Watch report alleges abuses at Hantai Shoe, supplier to Wal-Mart.

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Article
29 July 2008

[DOC] Wal-Mart response to China Labor Watch report

Author: Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart’s objective is to do business only with suppliers and their factories that operate in an ethical manner and consistent with our communicated standards. We have launched an investigation of the factory to assess the allegations...

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Article
15 July 2008

Domination of World's Leading Retailer - Wal-Mart, "Save Money, Live Better"; Workers' nightmare

Author: China Labor Watch

[At Hantai Shoe Production, which mainly supplies Wal-Mart,] there were accounts of workers experiencing compulsory overtime, and workers who refuse to work overtime being denied overtime for a whole month... At the end of each month, workers receive inadequate premium and are asked to sign a fake pay stub to deceive clients... [Workers are] often unaware of the risks they may encounter at work, accounting for the high work injury rate at Hantai... Security guards often attack workers physically at the workshop, canteen, dormitory, etc. On April 16th, security guards physically abused an applicant coming for an interview for an unknown reason... A union is established at Hantai, the union chair is a Taiwanese manager. However, there is no workers' committee, workers' representatives are not elected by workers, and the union has never held any events or protected workers' rights. According to workers, the union is merely to pass the clients' audits. [Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Hantai Shoe and Wal-Mart to respond to the allegations. Wal-Mart response is below. Hantai Shoe declined to respond]

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Company non-response
15 June 2008

Hantai Shoes did not respond to: China Labor Watch report alleges abuses at Hantai Shoe, supplier to Wal-Mart.