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Last updated: 24 May 2016

FAWU awaits probe outcome into grocery market

24 May 2016

The Food and Allied Workers` Union eagerly awaits the outcome of the Competition Commission`s probe into the grocery market by May next year which is dominated by four large retailers, Shoprite, Pick `n Pay, Woolworths and Spar. The group is being accused by rivals of monopolizing mall leases to the extent that smaller grocery stores cannot gain access into malls to sell their goods.

The Commission believes deals such as this is detrimental to healthy competition in the sector and forces the consumer to pay higher prices due to the lack of other shops in the vicinity. These accusations apparently came to light when Massmart made a complaint to the Commission in November last year when their efforts to expand was being hindered by troublesome leasing arrangements. FAWU welcomes any outcome which would benefit the majority working class of the country. It cannot be right that consumers should pay more than they should for basic foods, especially in a country where the majority of the population are poor and can scarcily afford basic groceries.

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