Students and Scholars
Corporate Misbehaviour

Year Month

[Statement] Demand American Eagle, Hollister, Levi’s, GAP, Wal-mart, H&M to improve working conditions and stop sandblasting now!

5 September 2014, Hong Kong

Last year, a joint report entitled Breathless for Blue Jeans: Health Hazards in China’s denim factories[1] by SACOM, ITUC/GUF Hong Kong Liaison Office (IHLO), War on Want and Clean Clothes Campaign found workers lack the occupational health and safety protection and their working condition remain exploitative and the deadly sandblasting[2] was still common in the industry. SACOM and other groups launched a global campaign and urged the involved brands to respond and improve the working condition immediately.

Open Letter to CEO of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.: Respect trade union rights; start collective negotiation with store closure programme affected workers now!

Doug McMillon

President & CEO of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Walmart Home Office

702 SW 8th Street

Bentonville, Arkansas72716

United States

9 April 2014, Hong Kong

Dear Mr. McMillon,

It has come to our concern that Walmart China is undergoing a large-scale closure programme. Alone in March 2014, at least six Walmart stores have been closed down[i]. According to Financial Times, Walmart China has planned to close about 20 stores by the end [...]

[Petition] Immediate Reinstatement of Wang Shishu, the labor activist who organized a pay rise petition in Shenzhen Wal-Mart!

18 December, 2012

While Wal-Mart stores in over 100 cities in 46 states in the United States, are facing thousands of demonstrators protesting and even striking against low wages, long working hours and labor rights violations in Wal-Mart, Students and Scholars against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM ) has learnt that Wal-Mart workers in China are also protesting against their deteriorating labor conditions in recent months through a series of collective actions. Wal-Mart has responded by suppressing the workers and dismissing worker activists, including Wang Shishu. SACOM strongly condemns both Wal-Mart’s hostility to the workers’ legitimate demands and the illegal [...]

Making Toys without Joy: ICTI CARE Covers Labour Rights Violations for Global Toy Brands like Disney, Walmart & Mattel

In Guangdong province, where 70% of China’s toys are exported, migrant workers’ basic salary is around CNY 850-1320 (USD 134-208), actually the same as the statutory local minimum wage. And the minimum wage is barely enough for self-subsistence. Restricted by the meager pay, workers have to leave their children behind in their hometowns where they can only visit once a year during Chinese New Year, and for this family reunion, they cannot afford to buy what they produce as gifts for their children – not a Mattel’s Hot Wheels toy car, not a Disney storybook. The hardship of the workers is a consequence of the squeezing unit price in the global supply [...]

The Upcoming: Dying for change – Chinese factories under intense pressure to cope with Western demand