‘Decent Work for All’ campaign calls on Scotland to ‘R...

‘Decent Work for All’ campaign calls on Scotland to ‘Reject Sports Direct’

29 January 2016

Unite Scotland’s community and young members continue their ‘Decent Work for All’ campaign tomorrow (Saturday 30 January) by kicking-off a long weekend of action against Mike Ashley’s zero hour contract firm, Sports Direct.

Unite, which is calling for HMRC to investigate alleged breaches of the national minimum wage at Sports Direct’s Shirebrook distribution headquarters, has also received a significant political boost in its efforts to stop exploitative working practices by securing the support of Lothians MSP Neil Findlay and local councillors in Ayrshire and Renfrewshire.

Political representatives will hand-deliver letters to Store Managers in Irvine, Livingston and Paisley calling for the retailer, worth over £2 billion, to end their pernicious use of zero hour contracts and pay their staff a living wage.

The schedule for the weekend’s action is as follows:

Saturday 30 January 2016

From 10:00 hours: Sports Direct, 14 Paisley High Street, Paisley, PA1 2BS.

From 12:00 hours: Sports Direct, Unit 3, Rivergate Retail Park, Irvine, KA12 8AY

Sunday 31 January 2016

From 12:00 hours: Sports Direct, Unit MSU 2, Overgate Centre, Reform Street, Dundee, DD1 1UG

Monday 1 February 2016

From 14:00 hours: Sports Direct, Unit 3, Almondvale South Retail Park, Almondvale Road, West Lothian, EH54 6RQ

Unite Scotland’s Community Coordinator Jamie Caldwell said: “In the last month Mike Ashley has moved to deflect growing criticism by awarding a paltry 15 pence pay rise to his employees but now we have him on the run there will be no let up.

“Around 1.8 million people across the UK are on zero-hours contracts with no entitlement to holidays, sick pay or security and the majority of those affected are young workers in the retail and hospitality sectors. 

“Sports Direct is one of the worst culprits and responsible for one fifth of all zero hour contracts in the UK retail sector, while owner Mike Ashley has made billions off the back of these draconian working conditions.

“Our message to the people of Scotland is clear:  ‘Reject Sports Direct’ and we can help end exploitative zero hour contracts across our economy.”


For further information please contact Unite Community Organiser Jamie Caldwell on 07980 721417 or via email at

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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.

The ‘Decent Work for All’ campaign can be followed on Twitter @Young_Unite @DecentWork4All and via the hashtags #Fightfor5 #SportsDirectShame #scotlandrejectsportsdirect