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Day of Action against Sports Direct February 13th

Unite will demonstrate outside Sports Direct high street stores as part of a second national day of action on 13 February against Sports Direct’s shameful work practices. Why not join in?

 

On this day of action we demand that Sports Direct:

1.    Commits to becoming a living wage employer
2.    Tackles its Victorian work practices
3.    Transfers agency staff onto fixed hour permanent contracts.


 

Support Sports Direct workers – join us on the day 

Please join us at a Sports Direct shop near you. If you can’t join us in person, then follow us on Twitter @unitetheunion #SportsDirectShame or please show your support by signing our petition – Sports Direct: Stop your shameful work practices

 

Unite will demonstrate outside Sports Direct high street stores as part of a second national day of action on 13 February against Sports Direct’s shameful work practices. 

 

On this day of action we demand that Sports Direct:

1.    Commits to becoming a living wage employer
2.    Tackles its Victorian work practices
3.    Transfers agency staff onto fixed hour permanent contracts.

 

Support Sports Direct workers – join us on the day 

 

Please join us at a Sports Direct shop near you. London: 150/154 Oxford Street, W1D 1ND - 11.30 to 12.30 pm

 

If you can’t join us in person, then follow us on Twitter @unitetheunion #SportsDirectShame or please show your support by signing our petition – Sports Direct: Stop your shameful work practices

 

 

Workforce in constant fear

 

The latest action follows a series of ‘Sports Direct Shame’ protests by Newcastle United and Rangers football fans over Sports Direct’s work practices and treatment of agency workers at its main warehouse in Shirebrook. 

Employed to work for Sports Direct by Transline and The Best Connection, conditions for agency workers in the warehouse have been likened to a ‘gulag’ with workers working in fear of a ‘six strikes and you’re out rule’. 

 

A Channel 4 Dispatches investigation in 2015 exposed a workforce in constant fear of losing their jobs with staff in the Shirebrook warehouse named and shamed over a tannoy for not working fast enough. A separate BBC investigation found that ambulances were called to the Shirebrook site more than 80 times in two years.

 

 

Commenting Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner said: “Sports Direct has become a byword for Victorian work practices and shoddy corporate governance. So much so, over 20,000 people have signed a petition telling the retailer it’s time for them to clean its act up.   

 

“Football fans from Newcastle and Rangers have also made their feelings known, while investors and business groups, like the Institute of Directors, have voiced their continued and deep concern. 

 

“Sports Direct cannot match billionaire boss Mike Ashley’s promise of becoming a model employer by merely paying lip service to reviewing employment practices and giving pitiful pay rises. 

 

“The problems run far deeper. Sports Direct needs a fundamental rethink of its corporate governance and the way it treats its staff if it’s to repair its tarnished reputation and damaged share price. 

 

“Sports Direct needs to have a heart, put staff on permanent contracts and pay the real living wage to regain the trust of customers and investors alike.”

 

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