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Social Partners In Retail And Wholesale Join Forces In Skills Partnership

Rising inflation brings striking fall in real wages

The severe inflationary crisis combined with a global slowdown in economic growth – driven in part by the war in Ukraine and the global energy crisis – are causing a striking fall in real monthly wages in many countries. Well-designed policy measures are needed urgently to prevent the deepening of existing levels of poverty, inequality and social unrest, according to the latest ILO report on global wages.

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Skills Partnership for retail and wholesale launched

EuroCommerce and UNI Europa have launched the Skills Partnership for retail and wholesale under the European Commission’s Pact for Skills initiative. This new partnership lays the foundation to identify skills gaps and anticipate the needs of the sector towards the green and digital transformation.

The initiative was launched today at the EuroCommerce conference ‘Embracing transformation & uncertainty’. The Partnership foresees actions aimed at facilitating the cooperation of retailers and wholesalers, trade unions, education and training providers and public authorities at the national, regional and local levels.

Retailers and wholesalers already invest a substantial amount each year. By working together, employers and workers’ organisations in the sector are already delivering training programmes that strengthen the sector. This partnership aims to reinforce these efforts to promote a culture of life-long learning and collaboration, in the build up to the 2023 European Year of Skills and beyond.

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