The employment agency Transline must not be allowed to ‘dodge’ its responsibilities Britain’s largest union, Unite said today (Wednesday 26 April) as it emerged that the firm had submitted court documents preparing it for insolvency.
Transline is currently refusing to pay a portion of back pay owed to workers at Sports Direct’s Shirebrook warehouse because of non-payment of the minimum wage according to Unite.
Unite, which was at the forefront of a campaign exposing exploitative work practices involving Transline agency workers at Sports Direct’s Shirebrook warehouse, called on the retailer to employ Transline workers directly on permanent contracts.
Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner said: “The current uncertainty surrounding Transline’s future is yet more evidence of the need for Sports Direct to wean itself off its overreliance on temporary agency workers at its Shirebrook warehouse.
“Sports Direct must urgently move to put agency workers onto permanent contracts to bring security to the workforce and certainty to the business.
“Transline must not be allowed to dodge its responsibilities or the back pay it owes for non-payment of the minimum wage at Sports Direct. It must continue to pay the wages of the tens of thousands of low paid agency workers it currently employs across the UK.
“A failure to do so would be the final insult for the many workers it has exploited through its draconian work practices.”
For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.
Notes to editors:
- 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.