One month later, but the story is the same: employees attempting to conduct price surveys on behalf of the Icelandic Confederation of Labour (ASÍ) have once again been barred from entering Hagkaup, Nóatún, Víðir, and Kostur, RÚV reports. These same stores also refused to participate in price surveys last month.
ASÍ has condemned the repeated lack of cooperation from these four stores, especially at a time when inflation is wreaking havoc on the cost of most consumer goods. Price surveys are carried out regularly as part of an agreement between ASÍ and the Confederation of Icelandic Employers (SA), which was renewed in January. The agreement is meant to promote the interests of consumers by spotlighting (with the aim of stopping) price increases of consumer goods.
ASÍ’s February report revealed that the cost of groceries has greatly increased, though representatives of some stores take issue with the findings, as they were not given opportunity to explain why prices have changed. ASÍ conducts their price surveys on a ‘secret shopper’ basis.
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