Unite to give evidence on ‘shameful’ work practices at...

Unite to give evidence on ‘shameful’ work practices at Sports Direct

06 June 2016

WHEN: Tuesday 7 June 2016, 10:00 
WHERE: Committee Room 8, Palace of Westminster, London SW1 0AA or live online on Parliament TV

Unite assistant general secretary, Steve Turner and Unite regional officer, Luke Primarolo will be ‘lifting the lid’ on ‘Victorian’ work practices at Sports Direct when they give evidence to the influential House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills select committee tomorrow (Tuesday 7 June).

Unite, which has been leading the campaign against ‘shameful’ work practices at Sports Direct, is expected to expose conditions likened to a ‘gulag’ at the retailer’s Shirebrook warehouse when it gives evidence at 10:00.

The session can be viewed online and will be followed by Sports Direct tycoon Mike Ashley and bosses from the employment agencies, Transline and The Best Connection.

In December, Mike Ashley announced he would personally oversee a review of working practices at the Shirebrook warehouse following a barrage of criticism after a Guardian undercover investigation and BBC Inside Out investigation.

 MPs on the BiS select committee are expected to grill Mr Ashley on the progress of his review and his response to allegations of ‘Dickensian’ 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.