People power forces Sports Direct to act, but ‘don’t be fooled’ by Mike Ashley

6 September 2016 - 10:15am
Press release

 

Responding to news that Sports Direct has offered casual retail staff guaranteed hours and dropped its ‘six strikes’ warehouse policy, War on Want’s senior labour rights campaigner, Owen Espley, said:

“Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley has bowed to public pressure and has been forced to act. But the retailer’s report into its practices is just not credible.  Don't be fooled by billionaire Ashley, this is more about saving his own skin than stopping the exploitation of workers. 

“The test for Mike Ashley’s actions is not whether investors get off his back, but whether workers no longer feel like they’re working in a gulag.

“Ending the ‘six strikes’ policy and offering fixed hours to shop staff is a start but will not ensure workers are fairly treated. Only through allowing workers their own voice in a trade union at work can abuse and exploitation be stopped."

 

Notes to editors

For more information and to arrange interviews contact Ross Hemingway 07983 550 728

Guardian: Sports Direct to ditch zero-hours contracts

Guardian: Sports Direct braces for investor revolt against management at AGM

War on Want supporters  took action scrod the country on Saturday 3 September to protest sports direct treatment of workers.  Photos are available here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/waronwant/albums/72157672250559002

War on Want is demanding MPs bring in changes to the law to ends the use of zero hours contracts and other abusive practices http://e-activist.com/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1819&ea.campaign.id=54112

War on Want is supporting Unite the Union’s #SportsDirectShame campaign

 

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