Spain - Working conditions in retail - September 30, 2017

An article on Equal Times looks at the impact of the rise of big stores. Every time a supermarket chain or a shopping centre moves into an area, the same argument is used to legitimise it: job creation. However, this argument conceals the jobs destroyed when the arrival of a supermarket drives out traditional local retailers. There is also a qualitative shift in the jobs provided: a share of the people hired go from being small independent shop owners to being salaried employees who depend on these major companies for their livelihoods. It is not a question of idealising traditional small retailers, but about holding to account the big companies responsible for ever-declining labour rights.

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