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Government to give supermarket watchdog the power to fine

The government announced on 4th December that it has bowed to public pressure and will give the proposed supermarket watchdog the power to fine. The announcement comes after years of dedicated campaigning by people across the country.

The watchdog, the Groceries Code Adjudicator, was set up earlier this year with only the power to name and shame supermarkets, not fine them. War on Want asked supporters to email their MP.

supermarkets_off_their_trolley_200War on Want has long campaigned to end the exploitation and abuse of workers in supermarket supply chains and has been at the forefront of the drive to introduce a watchdog.

Over seven years, their research on the tea, wine and flower industries around the world has shown the appalling abuses of workers’ rights supplying UK supermarkets. Tackling unfair buying practices is a vital step forward to securing the rights of over a million workers supplying the UK’s largest supermarkets.

Thousands of people have signed petitions, spoken to their MPs and engaged thousands more in joining the fight to secure the rights of workers in supermarket supply chains. The supermarkets have resisted the introduction of a powerful watchdog every step of the way but with constant pressure from the public the campaign has been a success.

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