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JD Sports denies warehouse claims

JD Sports has denied allegations of poor working conditions in its warehouses, stating they are “simply not true”.

The accusations stem from an undercover investigation by Channel 4 news at the retailer’s Rochdale factory. The footage claims to show evidence of punitive disciplinary procedures, intense surveillance and security as well as heightened job insecurity among agency workers.

However in a joint statement from JD Sports and Assist Recruitment - the contract employment agency - a spokeswoman said: “We categorically do not operate a ‘strike’ system and our workers cannot get fired ‘on the spot’.

“We have a fully outlined disciplinary procedure and appeal process based on the ACAS code of practice. Furthermore, our time and attendance system is specifically designed to ensure that all workers from both companies are paid for the time it takes to go through security on leaving the site; and we pay all employees in full who are up to 15 minutes late on arrival.

“It is very disappointing that Channel 4 have not taken account of our detailed response, including factual evidence, which clearly stated this.”

JD Sports and Assist said their disciplinary policy is a staged process, which commences with an informal conversation with the employee, followed by a first written warning, final written warning and then dismissal. They added that employees are able to appeal any decision made at each stage of the process.

The allegations come after the investigation into warehouse conditions at Sports Direct, as well as accusations over Asos’s treatment of warehouse employees, which it has denied.

Iain Wright MP, Chairman of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee said he would be calling JD Sports to appear before the Committee.



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