Sports Direct: Stop your shameful work practices

20,000 backed us on Sports Direct Sports Direct Petition Shirebrook

Thank you to everyone who took action to help us stop Sports Direct shameful work practices.

Saturday’s (13 February) national day of action was a great success, with local action taking place in more than 30 cities and more supporters joining us than ever.

We also teamed up with reps and activists to hand in our petition of more than 20,000 signatures at Sports Direct’s Shirebrook head office.

We can win this and make a real and lasting difference to Sports Direct workers’ lives.

Unite will continue to work on this to represent our members and all workers at Sports Direct.

Please stay involved: follow the campaign on Twitter, using the hashtag #SportsDirectShame

“Unite wants Sports Direct to employ all workers onto fixed hour permanent contracts, to pay a living wage and do away with these ‘draconian’ work practices.”

It’s a ‘workhouse’ NOT a workplace!
Low pay, agency work contracts, named and shamed by your bosses for ‘not working hard enough’ and body searches after every shift! These are just some of the harsh working conditions thousands of workers at Sports Direct’s Shirebrook warehouse face every day.

Six strikes and you’re out!
And if you’re found not sticking to their ‘six strikes and you’re out’ policy then you will be sacked, for strike offences such as:
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•    Chatting too much
•    Spending too much time in the toilet
•    Being sick and unable to attend work
•    Being sick and need to leave work early

Three quarters of Sports Direct staff are on zero hours contract 
It’s not just the factory staff that are treated so badly! Three quarters of the workforce at Sports Direct’s high street shops in the UK are employed on zero-hour contracts. 

This means staff are stripped of rights like holiday and sick pay. And they have no guarantee of work or pay from one week to the next.

This exploitation of workers is shocking and unacceptable in the UK in 2015! It must be stopped. 

Next steps

1. Please stay involved: follow the campaign on Twitter, using the hashtag #SportsDirectShame.

2. By campaigning together we can win decent work for all – join us. Find out more about Unite’s Decent Work For All #FightFor5 campaign here.

3. Not in a union? Then join Unite - Your union. Your voice.

Together, we can put pressure on Sports Direct to do the right thing and treat their staff properly.

More campaign news ›

Day of action - 9 September 2015

National Day of Action Against Sports Direct - 9 September 2015

Media coverage of the Day of Action

The Guardian – Sports Direct denies ‘Dickensian practices’ in face of investor revolt

The Guardian – Editorial on Sports Direct: Big British capitalism at its grubbiest

BBC News – ‘Dickensian’ protest against zero-hour contracts at Sports Direct

ITV News – Victorian themed protest at Sports Direct over zero-hour contracts

The Independent – Sports Direct shareholders revolt over poor governance

The Mirror – Protesters use giant rat to shame Sports Direct ‘Victorian’ era work practices

Daily Record – Firm owned by Rangers investor targeted by protesters over zero-hours contracts

City AM – Watch out Mike Ashley

Keep the NHS bursary video

Over 7,000 attended the march and rally in London on 9 January 2016 to support the campaign to retain bursaries for student nurses, midwives and allied health professionals. Len McCluskey spoke at the rally and this can be seen on the video below.

Save NHS Bursaries - London demonstration! from Husain Akhtar on Vimeo.

Follow the campaign on social media using the hashtag #BursaryOrBust 

You can also read more on the UNITELive website: Paying for privilege to care | Unite fights plans to make health workers pay for training


You can check if your MP is backing the #BursaryOrBust campaign and see if they have signed the EDM. If they haven't, then email them simply enter your postcode in the form below.