Shopworkers’ Union Usdaw has welcomed today's decision by the Competition Commission to give the green light to a merger of Morrisons and Safeway.

Sir Bill Connor, general secretary, said the Morrisons bid offered the best opportunities for staff in both businesses.

He said: "We have worked closely with Morrisons and Safeway for a number of years. We always felt the proposed merger of the two was in the best interests of our members.

"This has been an unsettling time and it is now important to bring the merger to a final conclusion as soon as possible so that shopworkers can stop worrying and get on with their jobs.”