US retail major Walmart has formulated a comprehensive response to the labor strikes that the company faced over in the second week of October 2012.
The retailer maintains that the strikes are ‘publicity stunts’ but is now in the process of engaging with striking employees while seeking to arrest any further damage to its operations, reported The Huffington Post.
Walmart spokesman Dan Fogleman told the website, "We’ve seen the unions hold these made for TV events outside our stores for about ten years now, and they want the publicity to help further their political and financial agendas.
"There is a very small number of associates raising these concerns, and they don’t represent the views of the vast majority of our 1.3 million associates."
Twenty eight of the retailers store, spread across 12 cities witnessed walkouts by about a 100 workers protesting against what the union calls – ‘silence and retaliate against workers for speaking out for improvements on the job.’
Stores effected by the strikes included those in Dallas, Seattle, the San Francisco Bay area, Miami, the Washington, D.C., area, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Chicago and Orlando besides others in Kentucky, Missouri and Minnesota.
The workers are now planning to stage a protest on Wednesday at a Walmart annual investor meeting at its headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas with a protest also planned for November 23 to be called ‘Black Friday.’