Walmart employees are skipping lunch or stealing it from co-workers because they are too poor to eat three meals a day.
During an announced protest on Thursday, employees said the low wages they are receiving are forcing them to miss meals. Other works have admitted that lunches are often stole out of the company’s break room refrigerators.
The protestors are members of Our Walmart, a workers organization that has more than 1,000 supporters — a small fraction of the company’s 1.4 million U.S. workers.
Protestors say they receive “poverty pay” from Walmart. They plan to protest leading up to Black Friday, the company’s largest grossing period.
Walmart recently announced a pay increase to $9 per hour, or $1.75 above minimum wage.
Employees are now asking for $15 per hour and the opportunity to start working full-time schedules.
Another group recently began demanding that Walmart offer its employees a 10% discount on all grocery items.
Currently, some fruits, vegetables, and other items are given a 10% discount, but only if they are not already on sale.
The new plan would call for a blanket discount that is available to all Wal-Mart employees all year long. The program is expected to cost Walmart $400+ million per year.
Walmart has not responded to the pay increase demand at this time.