Fight supermarket power

By Jonathan Bartley
January 20, 2010

Given their substantial shareholdings in Tesco and other supermarkets, the Church Commissioner's probably won't be there. But Christian campaigners amongst others are being urged to attend War on Want's upcoming conference, Fight Supermarket Power, to be held on 27 February 2010.

Supermarkets are growing in power, exploiting overseas workers to boost their profits, say campaigners. But across the world communities are fighting back.

The event is free. Speakers come from Brazil, Sri Lanka and Palestine, and in attendance will be activists, trade unionists and experts from the UK and partner organisations around the world who are on the front line of the resistance to supermarket exploitation.

They include:

Alex Y. Kawakami - Landless Workers' Movement [MST] (Brazil)
Anton Marcus - Joint Secretary, Free Trade Zone & General Services Employees Union [FTZ-GSEU] (Sri Lanka)
Taysir Arabasi - Olive farmer & project director of Zaytoun (Palestine)
Professor Tim Lang - Professor of Food Policy, City University
Gay Brown - Tescopoly
Joanne Crouch - anti-Agrexco activist
Jack Dromey - Deputy General Secretary, Unite
John Hilary - Executive Director, War on Want

Topics under discussion and debate include local alternatives to supermarkets and the campaign against Israeli settlement produce.

The event takes place at Faraday House, 48-51 Old Gloucester Street, London WC1N 3AE. (Nearest Tube: Holborn) and it's free.

To register email supermarkets at

There is more information here

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