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Bentonville, Ark. – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has reportedly been given a May 30 deadline to settle a labor dispute in the Chinese city of Changde. According to the Wall Street Journal, Changde officials want Wal-Mart to reach an out-of-court settlement with workers at a store there which is scheduled to close.
The workers claim they did not receive proper compensation for or notification of the impending closure, and want their severance doubled. Sixty-nine of 135 store employees are currently in arbitration talks with Wal-Mart. The retailer said it is attempting to comply with the request and reach a mutual agreement with employees.