Opinion

Organisations in Cooperation: A Step Towards Making a Difference

It is well known that there is strength in numbers; this is obvious in struggles across the world, from past to present. Sectarianism, however, along with separatism and plain apprehension, often keep us from wielding that collective strength and putting it to good use. How many of us have listened or sung along to the famous IWW song "Solidarity Forever" full of optimism and a sense of camaraderie? Are we…
Robyn Karina
August 7, 2016
Opinion

Management Admits: Direct Action Is the Only Way

"The only reason you were payed this money is because your little group kept terrorizing the coffee shop with little mindless protests..." So admitted Shelby Oswald, a manager of Wild Coffee -- the establishment the Retail Action Network had its recently victorious campaign against, where illegal abuse was done to a worker. The keyword, of course, in this eloquent statement is "only" which, oddly enough, brings a slight agreement between…
Robyn Karina
August 7, 2016
Press Release

Presenting Precariousness in Victoria

During the month of May, Retail Action Network organiser, Stefanie Hardman, spoke with the media about the report she spearheaded "Part-time, Poorly paid, Unprotected: Experiences of Precarious Work in Retail, Food Service, and Hospitality in Victoria, BC" which was released earlier in the month. This media attention provided an opportunity for the broader public to hear more about the experiences of precarious working conditions that workers in retail, food service, and…
Robyn Karina
June 8, 2016
Opinion

The First of May: The World Workers’ Day

Fellow workers! May Day, also known as International Workers' Day, on the 1st of May, celebrates the international working class in solidarity across the world as we all struggling against the exploitation and oppression inherent in capitalism, as we all struggle for a better world of mutual aid, peace, and cooperation. This day, no matter how many class-conscious workers are able to come out into the streets to sing and…
Robyn Karina
April 11, 2016
Opinion

International Women’s Day & Its Class Roots

Appreciation of women, for all the amazing things they do, should not only take place on International Women's Day; it should be a daily practice. Women have played a leading role in Retail Action Network from it's beginning and will continue to in it's future. We thank the women who have organised RAN, those who have shared their experiences and ideas in our discussion groups, those who have shown brave…
Robyn Karina
March 8, 2016
Opinion

Professionalism: From Whom Should It Be Called For?

It’s only the beginning of the campaign to retrieve the money legally owed by Wild Coffee to the abused worker, and we’ve seen significant weakening in the boss’s confidence. Their hope of getting away with the mistreatment they’ve inflicted is tumbling apart with each direct action done by the community at large organised by the Retail Action Network. Yet still, in a most embarrassing fashion, they throw their feeble tactics…
Robyn Karina
March 2, 2016
Opinion

The Aim of Building Community

Decades ago when working class communities were more closely connected through the manufacturing industry, community was a strong characteristic of the workers. Though there were barriers between us, through separate additional forms of oppression (e.g., due to race, gender, sexuality, etc.), our shared socio-economic class oppression was a uniting foundation upon which in times of sharp class struggle against the capitalist ruling class we most clearly recognised that our far-reaching…
Robyn Karina
February 8, 2016
Opinion

The Employer-Employee Relationship

When you are hired for a job, you are entering into a contractual relationship. You are offering your time and your skills in exchange for money. Whether you sign a contract or not, the relationship you have with your employer is a legal one. Interestingly, employment law has its roots in the Old English master-servant relationship. The employer-employee relationship only began to be treated as a contract between equals during…
Robyn Karina
January 16, 2016
Opinion

November Worker’s Stories

In November... 1887, the Haymarket Martyrs were executed after being wrongfully convicted of being involved in the bombing of 7 police officers who were trying to break up a rally advocating for an eight-hour workday. 1855 was the birth of Eugene V. Debs – labor leader, socialist, five-time candidate for U.S. president, organizers of one of the first industrial unions in the U.S. (the American Railway Union), and one of…
Robyn Karina
November 20, 2015