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Gender, Corporate Restructuring and Concession Bargaining in Ontario's Food Retail Sector

Jan Kainer
Relations Industrielles / Industrial Relations
Vol. 53, No. 1, La mondialisation, le travail et les relations industrielles Globalization, Work and Industrial Relations (1998 WINTER), pp. 183-206
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23074508
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Gender, Corporate Restructuring and Concession Bargaining in Ontario's Food Retail Sector
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Abstract

This paper examines collective bargaining at three major supermarket chains in Ontario. It argues that the retail unions in the sector have a long history of business unionism which is no longer effective in the face of aggressive corporate demands for concessions. Unions are now unable to defend the full-time, and most secure, segment of their membership. Furthermore, the corporate drive for labour flexibility is rapidly expanding the part-time workforce and eroding wage levels. Because women are disproportionately represented in the low-wage part-time category and have the least access to full-time positions, they are the most vulnerable to corporate restructuring. The gender specific implications of restructuring are examined in an analysis of the recent province-wide strike at the Miracle Food Mart chain. Este documento examina la negociación colectiva en tres cadenas de supermercados en Ontario. Se argumenta que los sindicatos del medio tienen un historial de unionismo empresarial que ya no es efectivo delante de las demandas agresivas de la parte de las corporaciones. Los sindicatos no pueden defender los empleos a tiempo completo de sus miembros los mas seguros. Aun mas, la presión corporativa por un mayor flexibilidad esta expandiendo rápidamente los empleos a medio tiempo y reduciendo los niveles salariales. Como las mujeres están representadas en una proporción mayor en este sector en los empleos de medio tiempo y a bajo salario y porque son ellas las que ahora tienen menos posibilidades de acenso en el empleo, son ellas las mas vulnerables dentro de esta reestructuración corporativa. Las especificaciones relativas al sexo de la reestructuración son examinadas en un análisis de la reciente huelga provincial en la cadena Miracle Food Mart.

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