Sports Direct owner goes before MPs

Sports Direct
Sports Direct

Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley has appeared before MPs to face questioning over work conditions at the chain.

Mr Ashley was questioned today (Tuesday, June 7) by the Business Select Committee alongside Unite and the directors of two agencies (Best Connection Group and Transline) that provide staff to Sports Direct on issues involving staff at the stores and in the warehouse.

Back in April Unite launched a campaign to confront abusive ‘Victorian’ work practices at Sports Direct and a culture of fear at the retailer’s Shirebrook warehouse in Derbyshire.

This came after Channel 4’s Dispatches programme: ‘The secrets of Sports Direct’, which exposed a zero hours contract workforce in constant fear of losing their jobs with staff named and shamed over a tannoy for not working fast enough.

The discount sports chain has hundreds of stores nationwide including in Chichester, Bognor Regis, Horsham, Crawley and Worthing.

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