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Behind the Counter Workers’ Zine

This zine comes from behind the counter, where smiles are forced for customers who are always right. Bosses misuse their power. Workers struggle to scrape together enough to live. And, at times, the support of our co-workers is what keeps our heads above water. Within these pages, you'll find a compilation of workers' stories, art, recipes, poems, essays and more. These varied experiences express a vision of dignity, value, and change.…
Retail Action Network
April 30, 2018
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Off the Menu: Province Abolishes Sexist Liquor Server Wage

VICTORIA, BC - As the province moves towards a $15 minimum wage, the BC NDP government announced today that they will slowly close the gap between the lower liquor server’s wage and the provincial minimum wage. The liquor server’s minimum wage has been criticized by restaurant workers across the province as a policy that reinforces gender pay inequity while also enabling sexual harassment and abuse from customers. The liquor server…
Retail Action Network
April 21, 2018
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1 Year Anniversary

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…
Retail Action Network
August 7, 2016
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Meeting the Ministry

This month, organisers with the Retail Action Network met with the BC Ministry that is responsible for making changes to the Employment Standards Act. This meeting was brought together by the Employment Standards Coalition which is made up of a broad range of organizations that are fighting for justice with those that are most at risk of being exploited in the workplace: migrant workers, domestic workers, working children and youth,…
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MayWorks 2016

MayWorks 2016 marked the first annual celebration in Victoria of culture, community, and arts, through the lens of working class struggle. This year was such an amazing success, and we are so grateful for everyone that made it out to attend. We are already looking forward to making next year bigger, better, and more diverse. This year would not be possible without the incredible contributions to the dozens of volunteers…
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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
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Part-time, Poorly Paid, and Unprotected

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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BC’s Minimum Wage Leaves Workers Feeling like Fools

This April Fools' Day, BC has the lowest minimum wage in Canada, leaving minimum wage workers feeling like fools. Last Friday, New Brunswick lifted its minimum hourly wage to $10.65, leaving BC's minimum wage workers struggling at $10.45 per hour (or $9.20 per hour for liquor servers). While BC's low minimum wage affects over 120,000 workers across the province, minimum wage workers in BC no longer fit the commonly held…
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Aims & Principles

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…
Retail Action Network
March 25, 2016
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VICTORY: Barista Receives Unpaid Wages from Wild Coffee

After working for the past 3 months at Wild Coffee, Shea is demanding money for missing wages, which her employer is refusing to pay. On February 1st, 2016, Shea along with a group of 35 members and supporters of the Retail Action Network marched into Wild Coffee, and read out her demands for missing and unpaid wages. The total amount for this claim is $498.42   Timeline: On February 1st,…