119. Organising in the food and retail industry

Retail has felt the full impact of the Covid pandemic but the resulting heightened struggle between different capitalist interests within the sector, and between big business and retail workers, reflects longer-term trends.

During the pandemic, we saw shortages of basic goods during the first few weeks – what was this due to?

There were lots of talk around food shortages due to how much food the UK imports, around the Brexit negotiations – what do socialists think should be done about this?

As part of overcoming these shortages, the big supermarket companies started pooling some of their distribution networks – what does this say about the role of the market?

Iain Dalton - chair of Usdaw Broad Left talks to Socialism

Further reading

http://socialismtoday.org/trouble-on-the-high-street

https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/29523/04-09-2019/what-strategy-can-end-the-retail-jobs-massacre

Website of Usdaw members in the CWI - usdawactivist.wordpress.com

https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/25218/05-04-2017/what-would-a-socialist-food-industry-look-like

https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/31554/28-10-2020/food-and-a-capitalist-brexit-no-trust-in-tory-deals