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Sports Direct staff searches criticised

Sports Direct staff searches criticised



   
   

       
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    10 December 2015


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Retailer Sports Direct has admitted that it searches all staff leaving its warehouses, but says it has reduced the amount of time it takes.

A report in the Guardian suggested the extra, unpaid time taken for "rigorous" compulsory searches meant workers were paid less than the minimum wage.

"The process has been streamlined which has led to a reduction in waiting time," the firm said.

Pre-tax profits for the six months to the end of October rose 25% to £187m.

A considerable proportion of that extra profit came from dealings in shares in other retailers, especially the sale of five million shares in its rival, JD Sports.

The Guardian sent undercover reporters to work at Sports Direct's warehouse in Shirebrook in Derbyshire last month. They found that it was taking 15 minutes to search staff leaving the warehouse at the end of their shifts.

Zero hours

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said: "All workers should be paid at least the minimum wage for every minute they are required to be on company premises.

"If the allegations against Sports Direct are found to be true, the government must make sure all their staff receive the full pay they are entitled to."

                                                                                                   

Sports Direct also disputes the Guardian's claim that more than 80% of staff at the warehouse are on zero-hours contracts.

"To be clear, no warehouse workers are on 'zero-hour' contracts, all have contracted hours with the agencies," the retailer's chairman, Keith Hellawell, said in the results statement.

"In retail, casual workers find the flexibility offered by these arrangements very useful. We comply fully with all applicable legal requirements and will continue to keep these under review."


                                                                                               

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Re: Sports Direct staff searches criticised
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2015, 08:47:41 PM »
Through experience I would say never join an agency. I went for a job interview once where the employers tried to fool me into signing up to an agency for a year. I read the small print and found the agency could send me at minimum wage anywhere in the world and I would have to pay for my board and keep etc. I refused to sign and left the interview. (Was for a well known mobile phone store). A year later the agency wrote to me saying I was then taken off the books as the contract had ended. I had never signed to the agency and never had a contract with them! Who forged my signature? Another thing. If one is signing on and then one signs up to an agency one must sign off as even though one has no work, one is classed as working for the agency for the period of time the agency contract is for. One can be done for fraud if one signs on, regardless of the income or lack of such, andif employment  ceases one can't sign back on untill the agency contract has ended first. Most people do not know this and can end up with heafty fines and have any benefits stopped and reclaimed.

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