Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled that the country’s top retailer, Wal-Mart de Mexico, violated the constitution by paying workers in part with vouchers only redeemable in the chain’s outlets, the court said on Friday.
Wal-Mart de Mexico, also known as Walmex and a unit of U.S. retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc, gave store coupons as part of salaries, harking back to exploitative labor practices of over a century ago, the court said.
“A labor contract that requires workers directly or indirectly to buy items in certain stores violates the constitution and will be declared null and void,” the court said in a statement.
Yeah, we all know the problems with Walmart, but paying their employees in Mexico with company scrip? Unbelievably wrong, even for Walmart.