Sports Direct employees experience nearly twice the number of injuries compared with the retail industry average, the TUC (Trades Union Congress) said today.
Staff in the Sports Direct retail, office and distribution centre report 2.7 injuries per 100,000 hours worked, compared with the industry average of 1.4 per 100,000 hours.
Warehouse staff have 6.6 injuries per 100,000 hours worked – nearly three times the rate of injuries in agriculture.
A letter by the Trade Union Share Owners group – a coalition of trade union funds that owns shares in companies including Sports Direct – asked fellow shareholders for the board to commission an independent review of the company’s employment practices and report within six months.
TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Sports Direct has shown a consistent disregard for the well-being of its staff. These abysmal figures show that the company is performing far worse than other companies in the same sector.
“It’s time for Sports Direct to shape up. An independent investigation is a necessary first step to fixing the endemic problems at Sports Direct.”