The worlds largest employer boasts their best ‘Black Friday’ yet despite strikes, protest and calamity that comes with large crowds. Though planned strikes and protest of Walmart’s refusal to start collective bargaining with it’s employees have been launched, Walmart officials claim that fewer employees missed work this year than in years past and business continued as usual. Hit the jump for more.

Protesters demanding higher wages and better healthcare for Walmart hourly workers converged on the retailer’s stores across the United States, though there was no evidence they disrupted operations for the start of the crucial holiday shopping season.

“We estimate that less than 50 associates participated in the protest nationwide. In fact, this year, roughly the same number of associates missed their scheduled shift as last year,” Walmart U.S. Chief Executive Bill Simon said in a statement.

The team organizing the protests disagreed.

“Right now there are hundreds and hundreds currently on strike,” Dan Schlademan, director of Making Change at Walmart, a campaign anchored by the UFCW, said on Friday afternoon. He said he could not provide a specific number of striking workers.

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