Rights

Worker Rights During COVID-19

We’ve put together a guide to your rights as a worker during the COVID-19 pandemic. We know this is a lot of information and it’s challenging for everyone. If you could use back-up, contact us for help! Please note that each individual situation is unique. Some of this information is changing and we will keep this page updated with the latest info as frequently as possible. The last update was…
Retail Action Network
March 18, 2020
Press ReleaseProtect Our Tips

Victory! BC Employers Can No Longer Steal Tips From Their Staff

VICTORIA, BC - After years of raising awareness about the prevalence of “tip theft” in BC, Retail Action Network is celebrating a victory for workers across the province. The BC Government today announced legislation to ensure that a worker’s gratuities are protected under the Employment Standards Act. Tip theft has become a common occurrence in BC, and takes place in small businesses as well as corporate franchises. While it is…
Retail Action Network
April 29, 2019
OpinionPress ReleaseProtect Our Tips

Our Proposed Legislation for the BC Government

Tips or Gratuities – Model Legislation Proposals Retail Action Network, in collaboration with the Employment Standards Coalition, are calling on the BC Government to introduce legislation that will protect tips for workers. Current Legislation: The only reference to employee gratuities in the Employment Standards Act is under Part 3 - Wages, Special Clothing and Records in Section 21 regarding deductions not permitted from employee's wages: (2) An employer must not…
Retail Action Network
April 16, 2019
Opinion

Buy Nothing Day and Worker Solidarity

November 25th, 2016 is an international day of protest against consumerism known as “Buy Nothing Day”. The event was first celebrated in 1992, and was popularized by Vancouver-based artist Ted Dave. Since then, it has grown to include celebrations and protests in more than 65 nations. Buy Nothing Day deliberately coincides with “Black Friday”, a notorious day of sales which began in the United States but now occurs in other…
Retail Action Network
November 24, 2016
Press Release

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
Press Release

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…
Press Release

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…
Opinion

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
Opinion

Activism at Work

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…
Retail Action Network
December 6, 2015
Press Release

Retail Action Network launches Fall of 2015

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…
Retail Action Network
October 18, 2015