Commenting on the news that Sports Direct is asking shareholders to approve £11m in back pay for Mike Ashley's brother, Unite national Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner said: “If Mike Ashley is so concerned about ensuring his brother gets the back pay he says he is entitled to, why not the agency workers at Sport Direct’s Shirebrook warehouse?
“Many are yet to receive a portion of the back pay owed because of non-payment of the minimum wage and Sports Direct’s refusal to take responsibility and sort it out.
“Unite submitted a pay claim in August proposing the real living wage, but Sports Direct has yet to meet us to discuss it. Does this desire to pay £11m to Mike Ashley’s brother signal a new found generosity towards all workers, or is it only reserved for family and friends? It would appear to be the latter and smacks of bad business as usual at Sports Direct.”