Sports Direct scandal: Mike Ashley to personally review worker rights


Leisurewear retailer wants to “improve and do things better” company says

Sports Direct has bowed to media and political pressure and launched an internal review over revelations about the working conditions in its warehouses.

Britain’s favourite cut price leisurewear dealership was criticised after an undercover investigation revealed that thousands of workers were effectively being paid less than minimum wage.

In addition, workers were subjected to extensive searches. The Guardian, which conducted the investigation, reported that workers were harangued over tannoy systems if managers thought they were not working fast enough.

The company is owned by Mike Ashley, the 10th richest man in Britain who has an estimated wealth of £4.3bn, according to Forbes.

Sports Direct has announced that Ashley will personally conduct the review himself, after Christmas and New Year.

In a statement the firm said: “Sports Direct always seeks to improve and do things better, listens to criticism and acts where appropriate.

“With that in mind … the board has agreed that Mike Ashley shall personally oversee a review of all agency worker terms and conditions to ensure the company does not just meet its legal obligations, but also provides a good environment for the entire workforce. We expect him to start that work in the New Year.”

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