Originally Posted by Addie
It is too late for the States. But don't ever give up the fight. Vermont has been fighting all big box companies. So far they have been successful. I hate Walmart for what it has done to small towns wherever they build. They destroy. They pay their workers minimum and keep their hours just below enough for them to qualify for benefits. I have yet to step foot in one and they are all around me.
Fortunately, Walmart in it's guise as ASDA can't get away with that sort of thing here, much as I expect it would like to. We have a legal minimum wage (not a lot but better than some people would get if it wasn't in place) and part-time workers are eligible for the same rights to sick pay, paid maternity leave etc., as full-timers.
Tesco, which is another big supermarket chain in the UK, is another set of sharks. Their main game play is to quietly buy up out of town sites and sit on them, sometimes for years, and then sneak in planning applications for huge stores when they think no-one is looking. In one case some years ago Tesco obtained planning permission for a site on the outskirts of Stockport (our nearest large-ish town) and when they had finished the building they said "Oops, it's 20% bigger than it should be. Sorry" And Stockport council's Planning Department let them get away with it on payment of a fine which probably didn't exceed a month's profits for the store!!
There was such an out-cry about it that, when it came to our little set-to with ASDA, the Planning Dept decided to support our campaign and refuse PP, added to which our local Member of Parliament had got involved at quite an early stage. ASDA could have appealed to a higher authority but backed down. It would have been very expensive for ASDA and would have created a lot more ill-feeling against them than there already was.