Competition Commission backs down on tackling supermarket power

31 October 2007 - 4:41pm
Press release

It said the report backed off recommending ministers tackle the big four supermarkets.

This was despite evidence from farmers, trade unions and non-governmental organisations which cited the devasting impact of supermarkets on suppliers in Britain and overseas.

War on Want, a member of the campaign group the Tescopoly Alliance, says the code of practice which currently governs supermarkets should be made legally binding and extended to suppliers overseas. It is also pressing for the appointment of a supermarket regulator to ensure fair treatment for suppliers and workers, with power to proactively investigate concerns.

Simon McRae, senior campaigns officer at War on Want, said: "Another government inquiry into supermarkets has found evidence of abuse, but failed to take action. We have exposed recent scandals on poverty wages for workers making clothes for Tesco and Asda. There must be a regulator to prevent supermarkets exploiting suppliers in the UK and abroad. Unless a regulator is appointed, ministers' rhetoric on the need to make poverty history will seem like all mouth and no trousers."


Paul Collins
Media officer
War on Want
(+44) (0)20 7549 0584
(+44) (0)7983 550728

]]>

Putting farmers in control

There is alternative to our global food system of free markets supplemented by aid

Latest news

War on Want's commitment to safeguarding and code of conduct

16 February 2018 - 10:30am

The recent reports regarding the conduct of staff working for international humanitarian and development charities focussing on Oxfam, is a crucial reminder of the importance that charities should place on ensuring effective policies and practices in safeguarding, including commitments to recognise and uphold the dignity of local communities that the sector works with.

Read more

The women of Honduras speak out against electoral fraud

12 February 2018 - 12:15pm

In November, 2017, Hondurans took to the polls to elect a new president, local governors and councillors. However, far from a smooth transition into a new presidency, numerous irregularities and allegations of electoral fraud became apparent, unleashing a post-election crisis.

Read more

Join the conversation

Don’t miss Remi Kanazi (@Remroum​) live in the UK this month! With events in #Leeds, #Brighton, #Bristol and… https://t.co/Ynveh27nYX 21 hours 40 min ago
Support the #McStrike! Call on #McDonalds CEO to recognise the McStrikers’ union! #EndPrecariousContractshttps://t.co/o4sd6i3CD5 1 day 1 hour ago
Alleged electoral fraud has sparked an ongoing political crisis in #Honduras with widespread violence that's moved… https://t.co/H7FE1If9Ff 1 day 2 hours ago