September Song JP Cooper
22 July 2016, 14:52
MP's have released a report after an inquiry into working conditions at retail giant Sports Direct - whose warehouse is in Shirebrook
MP's have delivered a damning report into working conditions at retail giant Sports Direct and have warned they could become the norm across Britain.
MPs have told Capital that if conditions aren't improved at the retail group, they won't hesitate to publicly criticise the company AND owner Mike Ashley again.
The report described some of the working conditions at the warehouse in Derbyshire as deplorable.
Capital's Laura Chiverton reports:
The committee's report said a spotlight had been shone on the working practices of Sports Direct, which was "extremely disturbing".
"Workers at Sports Direct were not being paid the national minimum wage, and were being penalised for matters such as taking a short break to drink water and for taking time off work when ill" - it stated.
"Some say they were promised permanent contracts in exchange for sexual favours.
"Serious health and safety breaches also seem to have occurred.
"For this to occur in the UK in 2016 is a serious indictment of the management at Sports Direct."
Labour MP Ian Wright chairs the Business Committee: