Government accused of moving at ''snail’s pace''' to find supermarket watchdog

4 May 2012

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5 May 2012 | Adam Leach

Campaign group Traidcraft has stepped up its efforts to get the UK’s Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) to establish a supermarket watchdog by sending a giant snail to its head office.

On Thursday the group, with one member dressed in a snail costume, went to the BIS office to hand in a paper chain petition to Vince Cable, calling for him to install someone with the power to enforce the Grocery Supply Code of Practice. This legislation is designed to stop supermarkets passing “excessive risks and unexpected costs onto suppliers”.

Fiona Gooch, senior policy adviser at Traidcraft, said: “We urge the government to give the establishment of the adjudicator greater priority. These unacceptable delays have very real consequences for the people that supply UK supermarkets, often in the form of long hours, low pay and unsafe working conditions.”

While the law was passed in February 2010, the government has not yet established a watchdog to oversee it or enforced punishments for abuses.

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