Sports Direct scraps zero hours contracts – Or?
Sports Direct has said that it will offer casual retail staff guaranteed hours instead of zero-hours contracts and ensure all warehouse staff are paid above the National Minimum Wage following a stinging review into working practices at the retailer.
However, the change only applies to staff employed directly by Sports Direct. Ninety-four per cent of the 3,200 staff at its much-criticised Shirebrook warehouse are contracted through agencies and so will not benefit.
Mike Ashley, the firm’s founder, told MPs he was unaware that employees could potentially earn less the minimum wage, however today’s report said he “takes ultimate responsibility for any aspects of the working practices that were unsatisfactory”.
In August Sports Direct store and everlast gym opened on Tulketh Street in Southport.
The development is believed to have cost millions of pounds to develop and will create 50 jobs.
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