Walmart in Africa

Posted by Adrian Melia on October 12, 2011
Oct 122011

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An article from the Guardian this week describes how unions and anti-capitalist campaigners in South Africa are protesting the upcoming takeover of the Massmart supermarket chain by Walmart, currently the largest grocer in the United States. The protesters “fear job losses, the livelihoods of local producers and Walmart’s reputation for being anti-union and, allegedly, aggressive in its dealings with staff and competitors.” It will be interesting to see what happens when this case is heard by the tribunal at the end of October, although, as the article suggests, it seems unlikely that a deal long in the making will be stopped. This conflict is a case of a large American company trying to enter the market in Africa and potentially posing a threat to local producers and workers.