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thf°?£l!T reconstru ction plans for S a wSf gi :° Cery trade as detailed ecf n) S n report were the subofthea A tt alentr ent by the secre tary Federatin^S 1 MaSter - Grocers ' Th! , Mr - R - M - Barker, to-day. would 0P h rt St£ f ted that the P lan > which MiniLr nf S T U , miUed shortly to the Mr «snir dustries an d Commerce, Mi. Sullivan, v-s based on the reof the that ' er said it: was unfortunate that someone who had been present at a meeting in Wellington should report, on proceedings vhich had been taken in committee, especially as the committee had been appointed by Mr. Sullivan. However were m m,\wr Wellington statements ncf altm-nif ? g ' hls federation had nc alternative but to make a reply. to assist the S! ei ? s °f rehabilitation, the plan submitted to o th n f ° rmulat ed was first UtatTon anri Tn^ e Asters of Rehabion Aran 11 a^ d Commerce uii April 11, said Mr. Barker.

Charges For Goodwill eoodwm y »r£ rices bein S charged for fa 11 ? so extortionate that it servicpmpri J mpossible for discharged ne«e=f™ho t° acquirethei 1 - own businesses, he added. During the na^t have rha'n rro V a v, gr ° cer y businesses ■•Z-n^ anged bands ' and amounts ia ,,vT ? s from £v 00 to £1000 have been Ptlid foi goodwill. Obviously unless some action is taken, it means thlt of thnf f men , wiU b * a t the mercy tn ftlht " S r whom they went away , he said. "The Master GroFederation considers that any amount paid for goodwill should be ab l e th the Potential earning capacity of the business."

the Iar § es t chain store organisations were not reprethe • Wellington meeting, Ph;^ a^ ker said that the Auckland Cham Grocery Stores' Association, which represented over 200 stores, sent Mr. G. R. Hutchinson. Every large chain organisation in Auckland with the exception of one was represented by Mr. Hutchinson. There was no suggestion, implied or otherwise, of taking over existing chain S IOI'GS.

The trade could absorb all assistants offering, but there was a long waiting list of men who wanted their own businesses. It was considered that no grocery shops should be allowed to open in any area which was already adequately provided with shops. The desire of the federation was to see that discharged servicemen had the opportunities to which they were entitled.

"Matter of Government Policy

Replying to the comments of Mr. Ben Sutherland, managing director of Self Help Co-op., Ltd., Mr. Barker said the fact that Mr. Sutherland had not previously heard about the meeting was in conformity with the Government's policy of dealing with organisations rather than individuals. If Self Help Co-op. was not prepared to be in membership with the Auckland Chain Grocery Stores Association it must accept the consequences.

Mr. Sutherland's statement that his organisation had 500 men to rehabilitate was open to question, inasmuch, as in this total he had no doubt included replacements, in respect of whom there was no obligation. In respect of those not legally entitled to re-instatement in their former positions the trade as a whole accepted the liability. Furthermore, Mr. Sutherland's obligations were only pro rata to the liability of other employers in the trade and the extent of that liability could be estimated from the fact that there were 5000 grocery stores in New Zealand, of which total Mr. Sutherland owned 200. The amounts appropriated by Self Help Co-op., Ltd., to various causes indicated the extent of the profits made by his organisation. In view of these profits the Federation considered that as a matter of immediate post-war policy Mr. Sutherland could well afford to maintain the status quo and allow those men who went away and fought the opportunity of acquiring their own businesses.

Mr. Barker said he could only reiterate the desire of his federation to see that the discharged servicemen had the opportunities to which they were entitled. For those who wished again to become employees the opportunities were available, but for the many who wished to acquire their own businesses on reasonable terms the opportunities were at present being denied.

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GROCERY TRADE, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 169, 19 July 1945

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GROCERY TRADE Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 169, 19 July 1945

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