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Walmart’s Chile Workers Plan to Strike Against Automation

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Walmart saw 17,000 of its Chilean workers in South America go on strike Wednesday after labor talks between the retailer and the union failed. Up to 124 of the company’s 375 stores in the country closed because of the strike, as workers demand to be compensated for increased automation that is forcing them to multitask more.

Walmart initially offered a 3% real wage increase and a one-time payment of $72, while the union asked for a 4% salary rise. Walmart says that it later increased the offer to as much as 8.14% but that union leader Juan Moreno refused to discuss the offer.

Read more at Bloomberg.