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Sports Direct under fire for zero hour contracts

Sports Direct has come under fire for employing 90% of its staff on zero hour contracts.

Around 20,000 staff are hired on the flexible working system, according to the Guardian,

This means they are not eligible for Sports Direct’s recent bonus, in which staff were rewarded with up to £75,000-worth of shares in the company. Just 2,000 of around 23,000 employed by the retailer will receive this pay out.

Zero hours contracts means employees are effectively ‘on-call’ whenever the store needs cover, but have no guarantee over hours worked and face uncertain income as a result.

The contracts also do not provide sickness or holiday pay, and have been the source of grass roots campaigns and criticism from organisations such as Citizens Advice, while Labour MP for Corby, Andy Sawford, has submitted a private members bill to try to ban the use of the contracts.

Labour MP for Wirral South Alison McGovern is also campaigning for businesses to offer fewer of these types of contracts.

She said: “I would want Sports Direct to see if there is a possibility of more fixed term contracts. It appears this has been imposed across the board and is inappropriate. How can there be any investment in employees, or training or progression?”

 

 

Readers' comments (1)

  • Sports Direct are fully entitled to do what they do, regardless of whether you view it as morally acceptable or not.

    Nobody is forced to work for them. If you don't like it, work for another employer.

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