Wal-Mart sees first Party branch
Updated: 2006-08-24 12:23
The world's leading retailer giant Wal-Mart has seen the establishment of the
first branch of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the first branch of the
Communist Youth League of China (CYLC) in one of its outlets in the northeastern
city of Shenyang, capital of Liaoning Province.
Workers perform the
warm-up dance during the opening ceremony of the newly opened Wal-Mart
store in Shanghai in this July 28, 2005 file photo. Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
said Thursday, August 10, 2006 it has agreed to cooperate with
China's labor group in creating unions at its 60 Chinese outlets.
A local CPC committee official
announced on Thursday that the Party branch and the youth league branch were
both established in the Shenyang Wal-Mart Department Store on August 12. A trade
union was also set up in the Shenyang outlet on the same day. Employees at the
Wal-Mart store will now have access to CPC membership.
This is the first CPC branch and CYLC branch to set up in the 22 Wal-Mart
outlets in China that have established trade unions, said Chen Lie, head of the
Organization Department of the Dongda District Committee of the CPC.
But Chen did not explain why they did not publicize the information on the
date when the CPC and CYLC branches were established.
Wal-Mart has set up 59 outlets in 30 Chinese cities since it entered China in
1996. It has more than 23,000 employees in China, including over 700 in