Talks looks at strategies to revolutionize the retail sector, improve work lives

Retail is the largest employment sector in Canada, but most front-line retail jobs reflect the scourge of precarious work and involve low pay, insecurity and disrespect. The Global Labour Speaker Series will look at how to revolutionize the retail sector Wednesday.

Global Labour Speker Series PosterProfessor Kendra Coulter of the Centre for Labour Studies at Brock University will discuss diverse strategies for improving retail work-lives and how retail is connected to broader visions of social justice.

Her talk, “Revolutionizing Retail: Workers, Political Action, and Social Change,” will take place Jan. 21, from noon to 2pm, at S701 Ross Building, Keele campus. Everyone is welcome to attend the talk. Refreshments will be served. The paperback edition of Coulter’s book, Revolutionizing Retail, will be available for purchase.

Retail is also currently the site of some of the most innovative and exciting worker organizing initiatives.

Coulter’s scholarship focuses on how to improve work-lives and foster solidaristic, sustainable societies. Trained as an anthropologist, she continues to be interested in gendered and intersectional strategies for improving retail work and eliminating poverty.

Visit the Global Labour Research Centre website for more information about the centre.

The Global Labour Speakers Series at York University is a collaboration of the Global Labour Research Centre, the Work and Labour Studies Program, the Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy and the Canada Research Chair in the Political Economy of Gender and Work.

The event is co-sponsored by York University’s departments of social science, sociology, geography and political science, the Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies and the Office of the Dean of Osgoode Hall Law School.