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Union launches blueprint to save the future of retail sector

19 Jul 2023

Shopworkers’ union Usdaw has launched a blueprint to secure the future of the retail sector, which includes calling for the levelling of business taxation between online and in-store... Read more…

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Jewellery sector’s Inspiring Independents 2023 - the top 100 independent jewellery and watch retailers - recognised by the industry

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Former Dragon Theo Paphitis has predicted retail will be revolutionised by AI technology.
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The Association of Convenience Stores publish their Crime Report of 2023

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Union launches blueprint to save the future of retail sector

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Shopworkers’ union Usdaw has launched a blueprint to secure the future of the retail sector, which includes calling for the levelling of business taxation between online and in-store retailers.

The union says that, since 2018, nearly three-quarters of a million retail jobs have been lost, with more than 75,000 store closures. This year more than 30,000 retail jobs have gone, along with more than 2,000 store closures.

In addition to the levelling of business taxation between online and in-store retailers, the union is calling for funding for local authorities to support their high streets. It is also pressing for an increase in the minimum wage to at least £12 an hour now, as a step towards £15, and improved Statutory Sick Pay.

Paddy Lillis, Usdaw’s general secretary, said: “For retail workers to prosper not just survive, we need to make sure retail jobs are better jobs.

“Shopworkers need and deserve to be given a much better and fairer deal, which is at the heart of our plan launched today. Our plan calls for the Government to recognise the vital role that the retail sector, and retail workers, play in our economy and our society.

“For many young workers retail is their first experience of work and for many others it offers flexible opportunities to help balance other commitments such as being a parent or carer.

“The retail industry directly employs three million people, with a further 1.5 million jobs reliant on the success of the industry.

“Yet the Government continues to treat retail jobs as an afterthought. This needs to change, we cannot continue with shop work being synonymous with low pay, insecure hours and abuse.

“This isn’t just bad for employees, but for the industry and wider economy as well.”

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