Wal-Mart to add more part-timers, wage caps: NYT

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is pushing to create a cheaper, more flexible work force by capping wages, using more part-time workers and scheduling more staff on nights and weekends, The New York Times reported today.

Wal-Mart executives say they embraced the new policies for a large number of their 1.3 million workers to better serve customers, the newspaper said.

But some Wal-Mart workers say the changes are further reducing their modest incomes and putting a strain on personal lives, the Times reported.

Investment analysts and store managers say Wal-Mart executives have told them the company wants to transform its work force to 40 percent part-time from 20 percent, the Times reported.

Wal-Mart denies it has a goal of 40 percent part-time workers, although company officials said part-timers now comprise 25 percent to 30 percent of workers, up from 20 percent last October, according to the newspaper.