Sports Direct has dismissed criticism by Labour leader Ed Miliband of its use of zero-hours contracts.
Speaking to the West Midlands Labour Party conference in Coventry, Miliband attacked what he called “a zero-zero economy - of zero-hours contracts and zero tax for those at the top”, he added that Sports Direct is a “terrible place to work”.
The retailer said it was reviewing “core” employment procedures, but a spokesman added: “With enemies like these, who needs friends?”.
Mike Ashley’s business went on to reiterate a statement it had already made and said: “The company will continue the process of reviewing, updating and improving our core employment documents and procedures across our entire business beyond its existing compliant framework.”
Miliband pledged that, under a Labour government, “if you work regular hours you will have a legal right to a regular contract”.
He said Sports Direct had “predictable turnover” and “big profits”, adding, “but, for too many of its employees, it is a terrible place to work”.