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Social dialogue in this sector covers:
Over 30 million people work in the commerce sector, of which around 19 million are in retail. The sector is one of the main entry gates to the labour market for young people and a re-entry point for those who have left the labour market temporarily.
The sector's considerable expansion over the past 20 years has been accompanied by a transformation in its competitive structure, greater use of technology and changes in the regulatory framework (e.g. opening hours, establishment size). Large companies now dominate at the expense of the numerous small and micro businesses once typical in most countries. One result is a significant decline in the number of self-employed workers and a substantial increase in the number of part-time jobs (many held by women) and non-permanent contracts. The higher productivity of the retail sector resulting from its transformation has resulted in lower prices and generated new demand for higher skills.
The Committee is currently focusing on:
Check the library entries for this sectoral social dialogue committee.
See also "European sectoral social dialogue – recent developments" (2010 brochure).