Wal-Mart will stop paying employees minimum wage, says a corporate spokesperson, confirming comments recently made by the company’s CEO.
“We have only a few thousand associates in the U.S.—less than 6,000 of our 1.3 million associates in the U.S.—who currently make minimum wage,” says senior manager of sustainability communications Kory Lundberg. “And it’s our intention over time to be in a situation where we don’t pay minimum wage at all.”
Wal-Mart has recently come under fire for paying what activists call low wages. Labor groups—borrowing a tactic that has proved successful against the fast-food industry—have staged a series of protests urging an increase in workers’ wages.