Mexico-Born Walmart Employee Calls for Resignation of 2 Executives
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A Mexican-born employee of Wal-Mart in the United States is leading a petition drive to force the resignations of two top executives of the retail giant, which is accused of bribing authorities in her homeland.
“I’m a Mexican who knows how to fight and I’m never going to let anyone trample on me no matter how rich and powerful they are. I can be poor, but I can also be powerful by speaking and saying ‘that’s enough,’” Venani Luna said Thursday in an interview with Efe.
Born in Tijuana 32 years ago, Luna moved to the United States barely a year ago but she has worked for Wal-Mart in South Gate, California, for the past seven years, where she now is a department manager.
Last week, when the alleged bribery committed by Wal-Mart to secure permits to open new stores in Mexico came to light, Luna felt “so much anger” that she posted on the Web page Change.org a letter demanding the resignation of both the CEO and chairman of the world’s largest retailer.
‘It makes me sad because they could have invested all those millions they spent in the company, in helping the employees and - for example - not cutting medical insurance,’ Luna told Efe.
Luna said that the company ‘is not taking account of the fact that we are Wal-Mart, we are the ones who are making them rich.’
Although she admitted that ‘the fight is tough,’ Luna said that her faith in miracles gives her strength and that she is proud of the support that her initiative has received.
I admire her spirit. She’s going after the son of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton. She’s going to need one of those miracles, and maybe a new job.