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• The Wall Street Journal reports that "authorities in China are pushing Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to settle a dispute with employees in a case that highlights the increasing power of workers in China’s labor market.

"Wal-Mart was told by authorities in the city of Changde to file by Friday plans to settle a dispute with employees who worked at a store that has since closed, according to a spokeswoman for an arbitration committee hearing the claim. More than five dozen employees say they didn’t receive proper compensation or notification about the store closing and are demanding that Wal-Mart double workers’ severance … Wal-Mart said it would cooperate with authorities and has been looking for ways to reach an agreement that works for the union and the company."

Walmart said it followed local laws by offering two-weeks notice and offering relocation opportunities.
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