April 22, 2009

Wal-Mart China management restructuring hits snag

Wal-Mart Inc’s plan to eliminate jobs at its China unit has met with resistance from the up to 1,400 workers involved, the U.S. retailer said on Tuesday.

The company, which has 147 outlets in China and employs over 50,000, is removing a layer of management in its stores, leaving affected employees the option of taking a lower position with lower pay, said a company spokesman.

Wal-Mart is offering the employees the option of moving to a new store but for some people it is difficult to move. It is unknown how many people had accepted the company’s offer but a company spokesman said that negotiations had been going on for several months to find a solution.

Source: Reuters

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