‘Disgraceful’ Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley should get the boot

6 June 2016 - 2:00pm
Press release

Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley will face MPs tomorrow (7 June) to answer questions on working conditions. He will now appear before the Business, Innovation and Skills select committee having previously refused to attend.

Owen Espley, Senior Economic Justice Campaigner at War on Want, said:

“It’s outrageous that while billionaire Mike Ashley talks of defending Sports Direct's ‘good name’, he reigns over an empire built on low pay, insecure zero-hour contracts and exploitation.

“For too long, workers at his Shirebrook warehouse have been forced to accept appalling conditions, faced with the threat of losing their job if they dare speak out. Mr Ashley would have long since been booted out if forced to face the ‘six strikes and you’re out' policy his workers endure.

“The contempt with which Mr Ashley has treated workers and their families is disgraceful. Having given MPs the run around, it’s now time he gave us answers.

“It’s time politicians stood up for fairness and justice in the workplace and banned these draconian zero-hour contracts. Holding Ashley to account must only be the start.”

 

Notes to editors

For more information and interviews contact Ross Hemingway on 07983 550 728

War on Want supports Unite Community's  #SportsDirectShame campaign 

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