War on Want statement on Lee Scott's appointment to Gordon Brown's International Business Advisory Council.

21 March 2006 - 4:02pm
Press release

"When Gordon Brown meets with Lee Scott he could ask him whether he would advise British companies to roll out Asda Wal-Mart's anti-union policies, which recently led to the company being fined almost a ?1million in the north-east for offering illegal inducements to workers to disown their union. The government should take the lead on making its businesses the most socially responsible in the world, not taking advice from a man whose company is an international byword for exploitation."

Mr Mcgregor added: "It's amazing that Gordon Brown is willing to trumpet the fact that he is taking advice from Lee Scott, a chief executive who pays staff low wages yet earned $17.5million in 2004. I hope that he won't listen to Wal-Mart's advice to their own managers earlier this year, to push down medical benefits to staff and the ensure trade union members were kept out of the company."

War on Want's recent report on Asda Wal-Mart exposed how the multinational food giant keeps costs low by demanding ever lower prices from Third World suppliers and restricting union activity in the UK and US, while forcing harsh working regimes on staff. It is available for download at: http://www.waronwant.org/asda

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