May 19, 2020

In Final Months, Target Canada Upsets Workers

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In Final Months, Target Canada Upsets Workers

Though Target Canada is approaching their final days of business, the company has still managed to upset its workers. Specifically, it seems that employees are dissatisfied with their schedules and the fact that their allotted times to work cannot be shifted. In short, the staff is not only finding it difficult to balance their personal and professional lives, but they’re also having trouble finding adequate opportunities to find another job.

All Work, No Play

Though Target Canada may have once believed in a “work/life” balance, the retail company has seemed to have parted ways with said motto and picked up a new one, no longer worried about being accommodating to its staff. In fact, a Target Canada memo recently informed all employees that due to numerous requests, different work schedules could no longer be obtained. Furthermore, the memo also reneged on schedule adjustments that had already been approved. Workers not only have the complicated feat of finding appropriate time to spend with their families, but also making time to go on job interviews or begin second jobs that have already been established. 

RELATED TOPIC: President of Target Canada Expresses Regret, Forges Ahead 

More Struggles

To make matters even worse for Target Canada employees, schedules are often given out or changed very last minute. Instead of a two-week schedule, schedules are given out with only one week’s advance—even then a worker’s hours are subject to change. According to U.S.-based Target, all 133 Canadian stories will be closing, which leaves about 17,600 workers without a job.

RELATED TOPIC: Target Misses the Mark in Canada 

Though the demands of liquidation seem to be the cause of the erratic schedules, not all employees are upset. In fact, some workers are rejoicing in the fact that their hours have been cut, but they’re still being compensated for the full hours that they traditionally worked. Though no severance pay will be offered due to the fact that the company is insolvent, Target Canada has committed to paying employees for regular set hours until the retail business officially closes in mid-May. 

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Jun 10, 2021

G7 Summit guide: What it is and what leaders hope to achieve

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Business Chief delves into what the G7 is and represents and what its 2021 summit hopes to achieve

Unless you’ve had your head buried in the sand, you’ll have seen the term ‘G7’ plastered all over the Internet this week. We’re going to give you the skinny on exactly what the G7 is and what its purpose on this planet is ─ and whether it’s a good or a bad collaboration. 

 

Who are the G7?

The Group of Seven, or ‘G7’, may sound like a collective of pirate lords from a certain Disney smash-hit, but in reality, it’s a group of the world’s seven largest “advanced” economies ─ the powerhouses of the world, if you like. 

The merry band comprises:

  • Canada
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • The United Kingdom
  • The United States

Historically, Russia was a member of the then-called ‘G8’ but found itself excluded after their ever-so-slightly illegal takeover of Crimea back in 2014.

 

Since 1977, the European Union has also been involved in some capacity with the G7 Summit. The Union is not recognised as an official member, but gradually, as with all Europe-linked affairs, the Union has integrated itself into the conversation and is now included in all political discussions on the annual summit agenda. 

 

When was the ‘G’ formed?

Back in 1975, when the world was reeling from its very first oil shock and the subsequent financial fallout that came with it, the heads of state and government from six of the leading industrial countries had a face-to-face meeting at the Chateau de Rambouillet to discuss the global economy, its trajectory, and what they could do to address the economic turmoil that reared its ugly head throughout the 70s. 

 

Why does the G7 exist?

At this very first summit ─ the ‘G6’ summit ─, the leaders adopted a 15-point communiqué, the Declaration of Rambouillet, and agreed to continuously meet once a year moving forward to address the problems of the day, with a rotating Presidency. One year later, Canada was welcomed into the fold, and the ‘G6’ became seven and has remained so ever since ─ Russia’s inclusion and exclusion not counted. 

 

The group, as previously mentioned, was born in the looming shadow of a financial crisis, but its purpose is more significant than just economics. When leaders from the group meet, they discuss and exchange ideas on a broad range of issues, including injustice around the world, geopolitical matters, security, and sustainability. 

 

It’s worth noting that, while the G7 may be made up of mighty nations, the bloc is an informal one. So, although it is considered an important annual event, declarations made during the summit are not legally binding. That said, they are still very influential and worth taking note of because it indicates the ambitions and outlines the initiatives of these particularly prominent leading nations. 

 

Where is the 2021 G7 summit?

This year, the summit will be held in the United Kingdom deep in the southwest of England, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosting his contemporaries in the quaint Cornish resort of Carbis Bay near St Ives in Cornwall. 
 

What will be discussed this year? 

After almost two years of remote communication, this will be the first in-person G7 summit since the novel Coronavirus first took hold of the globe, and Britain wants “leaders to seize the opportunity to build back better from coronavirus, uniting to make the future fairer, greener, and more prosperous.”

 

The three-day summit, running from Friday to Sunday, will see the seven leaders discussing a whole host of shared challenges, ranging from the pandemic and vaccine development and distribution to the ongoing global fight against climate change through the implementation of sustainable norms and values. 

 

According to the UK government, the attendees will also be taking a look at “ensuring that people everywhere can benefit from open trade, technological change, and scientific discovery.” 

 

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