USA: Walmart to raise minimum pay to $10/hour, will help 500,000 workers - critics say raise falls short of living wage

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25 February 2015

USA: TJ Maxx and Home Goods follow Walmart with plan to raise wages

Author: Associated Press

TJX Cos, owner of TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Home Goods, will boost pay for its US workers to at least $9 an hour in sign more competitors could follow suit...In 2016, the company plans to pay all associates who have worked at its stores for more than six months at least $10 per hour...Ikea gave workers at its US division a 17 percent average raise to $10.76 an hour...Gap Inc raised its minimum hourly wage to $9 last year and to $10 this year. [also refers to Sierra Trading Post (part of TJX)]

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Author: Stéphane Lauer, Le Monde (France)

« Wal-Mart augmente le salaire d'un demi-million d'employés », 20 février 2015

Wal-Mart a pris, jeudi 19 février, une initiative spectaculaire en annonçant l’augmentation des salaires de 500 000 employés. Le leader mondial de la distribution, qui est aussi le premier employeur privé américain…s’est engagé à porter le salaire horaire minimum à 9 dollars (7,9 euros) à partir d’avril, contre 7,5 dollars jusqu’à présent, avant de passer à 10 dollars en février 2016, soit une augmentation globale de 34 %...L’enseigne est régulièrement la cible des syndicats, qui se plaignent des conditions de travail et de la faiblesse des salaires…L’effort consenti par Wal-Mart doit cependant être relativisé…Pour Christine Owens, directrice du National Employment Law Project,…les 10 dollars obtenus sont une « maigre » récompense « comparés aux 16 milliards de profits que le groupe réalise chaque année »…[Fait aussi référence à Costco, Gap, Ikea]

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19 February 2015

Walmart is giving 500,000 raises, but still not offering a living wage [USA]

Author: James Briggs, Baltimore Business Journal (USA)

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. today announced it plans to give raises to hundreds of thousands of hourly workers...[It] will impose a minimum wage of $9 an hour in April and increase that to $10 an hour by February 2016. The company estimates that will mean raises for 500,000 of its 1.4 million workers...Walmart's decision...puts pressure on other retailers to follow suit — particularly in the notoriously low-paying food preparation service sector. Yet, the move also demonstrates the vast disconnect between retail salaries and the actual cost of living in America.

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19 February 2015

Walmart Shareholders See Decision to Raise Workers' Wages As A Positive Step Forward

Author: Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility

Members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) and shareholders of Walmart were heartened by Walmart’s announcement today of measures it is taking to improve both wages and opportunities for advancement for its 1.3 million U.S. employees.

ICCR members who have long engaged the company on employee wage and benefit issues are hopeful that, as the world’s largest employer, Walmart’s announcement will send a strong signal of the importance of raising wages for U.S. workers. The shareholder coalition has engaged companies in a range of sectors, including agriculture, apparel, consumer goods, restaurant, and technology on similar issues throughout their global supply chains...

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19 February 2015

Walmart workers' strikes reason for company raising wages to $10, protesters say [USA]

Author: Olivera Perkins, Cleveland Plain Dealer (USA)

Northeast Ohioans who demonstrated at area Walmart stores on Black Friday believe such protests played a role in the retailer's decision to pay all workers at least $10 by 2016...Harriet Applegate, who heads the North Shore AFL-CIO Federation of Labor, [said]..."It shows how when people become active and put pressure on one of the largest corporations in the world they are forced to respond...They wouldn't be doing this if there hadn't been pressure."

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