Unite demands meeting with Sports Direct's owner o...

Unite demands meeting with Sports Direct's owner over workers' concerns

29 July 2013

Unite, Britain's biggest union, is writing to Mike Ashley, the billionaire owner of the retailer Sports Direct, to demand an urgent meeting to discuss mounting concerns about the treatment of workers at the company, including regular mandatory searches of warehouse workers.

Unite, the union which exposed the use for zero hours contracts of the entire 20,000 part time workforce across the country, is also concerned about the treatment of full-time staff at its East Midlands warehouse near Mansfield. 

The union has already lodged a number of cases on behalf of aggrieved workers with the employment tribunal.

Unite regional secretary Annmarie Kilcline said: "We hope Mike Ashley will sit down with Unite to discuss how the treatment of workers at Sports Direct can be improved, after all they have made the business such a success. 

"Unite is seriously concerned that a culture of low pay and poor treatment has embedded itself at Sports Direct.  Workers are coming to us to report mistreatment so we have begun to compile a dossier to present to senior management cataloguing these concerns. 

"The union was recently shocked to discover allegations that staff at its East Midland's warehouse are often expected to queue for up to 45 minutes to be searched, one-by-one, by the company's security staff as they leave the premises at the end of a long shift.

"Sports Direct is a major UK company, success must be shared and workers must be treated with dignity."


Contact Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931 315 

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