Date
30 March 2017
Wal-Mart has been struggling to grow its Chinese business after setting foot in the country in 1996. Photo: Bloomberg
Wal-Mart has been struggling to grow its Chinese business after setting foot in the country in 1996. Photo: Bloomberg

Wal-Mart China employees protest over work schedule changes

Wal-Mart employees in China are protesting over what they say is a drastic change in work schedules, Associated Press reported.

The retailing giant has asked staff to work 11-hour shifts on weekends and as little as four hours on weekdays under a system it started to roll out in June, employees were quoted as saying.

Some people said the move might result in lower pay and interfere with their ability to work second jobs.

Last week, employees protested outside Wal-Mart stores in the cities of Nanchang and Shenzhen in southern China, Chengdu in the West and Harbin in the northeast, according to the report.

More than half the Nanchang store’s workforce of 200 participated in the protest, a person was quoted as saying.

Wal-Mart’s move comes as the company overhauls its struggling business amid an economic slowdown and competition from e-commerce, AP noted.

Asked for its comments, the company was quoted as saying that it is “planning a series of initiatives to enhance and upgrade Wal-Mart China’s overall talent management system”.

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