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1 Year Anniversary

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Come celebrate our anniversary with us, and help us to shape another year of organising with our network of retail, hospitality, and food service workers! We’d love to see you at our 1 year anniversary BBQ. This month marks the 1 year anniversary of the Retail Action Network. Our organisation has come a very long way over this past year. We’ve connected with so many workers and activists, and are…

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Part-time, Poorly Paid, and Unprotected

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Spring 2016, VIPIRG (Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group) has been working with the Retail Action Network on a community-based research project that documents the experiences of precarious work in Retail, Food Service, & Hospitality in Victoria, BC. In this research, our goal was to hear directly from workers in the retail, food service, and hospitality industries about the types of workplace conditions and issues they face. Until now, little…

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Aims & Principles

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Who We Are The Retail Action Network is a solidarity network of workers and labour activists that fight for workplace justice, increased wages, and better conditions for retail, food service, and hospitality workers. We aim to strengthen the working class community across workplaces and industries. Through direct action and community organising we fight for changes that benefit workers in retail, service, and hospitality. Our practice takes influence from a wide range…

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Activism at Work

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At the age of fifteen, I landed my first job at Canadian Tire. That was the start of a career in the service industry where I would spend my next fourteen years working in retail, grocery stores, restaurants, and hotels from Manitoba to Vancouver Island. For me, working in the service industry became the distraction that kept me from doing what I really wanted to do with my time. It…

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Retail Action Network launches Fall of 2015

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The Retail Action Network is a new project that has just launched in Lekwungen Territory, also known as Victoria, BC.  We are bringing together retail workers and labour activists to turn the tide in the relationship between workers and their employers in the service sector. Clearly, retail and service sector work is undervalued in comparison to other industries in our community when we look at the consistently low wages, the…

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