Ahead of the general election on 8 June, the British Retail Consortium has outlined its core policy vision for the retail industry, focusing on pre-Brexit certainty for workers.
Fionnuala Horrocks-Burns, employment and skills policy adviser at the BRC, commented: “Retailers will work with the next government to ensure the retail jobs of the future are as attractive, accessible and as well-remunerated as possible. With new jobs demanding new skills across the industry, providing retailers and their workforces with certainty ahead of the Brexit negotiations is a welcome step forward.
“On wages, it is important the Low Pay Commission retain their independence and recommend pay increases that are manageable for the whole economy. Retailers support the National Living Wage and continue to work hard to raise pay across the industry, but increasing pay without considering wider economic conditions is unsustainable.
“The ‘people agenda’ is front and centre of the retail industry. Retail businesses employ a variety of different models to ensure the views of their workforces are heard by their board. Strengthening this voice is a positive step to support employee engagement and productivity but there must be flexibility in how individuals’ businesses do this in practice.”