What’s next for JD Sports?
An investigation will be launched by JD Sports after claims aired in a Channel 4 documentary stated that conditions are “worse than prison”.
The company said it was “deeply disappointed and concerned” by the footage seen in the documentary at its Kingsway site in Rochdale. JD Sports also insisted it was not an “accurate reflection of our culture”.
Amid the broadcaster’s report there were claims of the firm operating a “three strikes and you’re sacked” policy as well as airport style checks.
JD Sports have said they do not operate a “strike” policy and that “workers cannot be fired on the spot”.
The documentary could bring unwanted comparisons with practices at Sports Direct, which have been under intense review in recent months due to working conditions at its Shirebrook facility in Derbyshire.
The company said: “Our employees are vital to our business, so we take any such allegations very seriously.”
“As a result, we will undertake to conduct a review of all our policies, their communication and implementation at the site, with the clear aim not only to continue the improvement of the facility, but also to think about the future structure of employment at the site for the benefit of all the people employed at Kingsway.”
“We undertake to be transparent regarding the changes we make, both to our employees and other stakeholders.”
JD Sports employs between 1,200 and 1,500 workers at the site, depending on the season.