INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANIZATIONS VOW TO ‘GET TOUGH’ ON IKEA

Here is my first story for the thriving online “publication”, The Tyee. Not only that, it’s a labour story. Be still my beating heart. We shall see if these international bodies  do come through for the beleaguered IKEA workers in Richmond, but it’s certainly a potentially significant development for a dispute that, right now, shows no sign of ending.

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http://www.thetyee.ca/News/2013/11/08/Global-Labour-Richmond-Ikea/

 

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2 thoughts on “INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANIZATIONS VOW TO ‘GET TOUGH’ ON IKEA

  1. Only two IKEA locations are unionized? And there’s a labour conflict at one of them. IKEA Richmond employees complaining that the Richmond store doesn’t adhere to the IKEA values in other IKEA stores, which are not unionized. So what’s the lesson? Not be unionized?

    I remember reading in the press that the IKEA stores are individually owned, not company owned, and that the Richmond store does not make huge profits. Is this correct?

  2. I think the point is, that at the Richmond store, the company’s attitude is also reflected in their hardnosed bargaining position, which gives the workers a chance to say ‘no’, rather than just accept the way the store is run or leave…who knows what the profit situation is….there’s also an IKEA store in Coquitlam that has an impact…obviously, the company would rather not have a unionized workforce in Richmond….

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