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WAL-MART DRAWS FIRE FROM UNION WOMENOVER INCREASED IMPORTS FROM BANGLADESH

 WASHINGTON, May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) increased its imports from Bangladesh by 113 percent in the first two months of 1993, despite the evidence of widespread use of child labor in that country according to the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Women's Network.
 At 60 Wal-Mart locations around the country, the UFCW women and their supporters turned their anger over Wal-Mart's increased importation of Bangladeshi goods into action today with handbills and signs to persuade shoppers not to buy products from Banglasdesh being sold at Wal-Mart stores.
 "The only way to stop child labor is to stop buying products from countries that allow child labor. There must be no profits from children's pain," declared UFCW International Vice-President Patricia Scarcelli.
 According to the UFCW Women's Network, Wal-Mart was targeted because, as the nation's largest retailer, Wal-Mart's overseas buying practices can have an impact on the entire industry.
 "The use of child labor is pervasive in Bangladesh. Last year network television even aired an expose on child labor in that country. Yet, Wal-Mart decides to increase imports from Bangladesh. Wal-Mart's actions are morally repugnant," said Scarcelli.
 The UFCW Women's Network activities in front of Wal-Mart stores today were planned for the week preceding Mother's Day as way to offer support to mothers around the world to save their children from the abuse of child labor.
 "We are celebrating Mother's Day by linking arms with mothers everywhere to protect the world's children," said the union leader.
 Information presented by the UFCW Women's Network shows that 20.6 million children in Bangladesh are exploited for cheap labor, and that human rights advocates in Bangladesh claim that most garments made in that country are produced with some child labor.
 The union activists declared that today's actions are only beginning, and that they will back again and again until Wal-Mart stops buying goods from countries that allow child labor.
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 /CONTACT: Greg Denier of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, 202-466-1591/
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