Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Sports Direct workers three times more likely to be injured


Following reports that injuries at Sport‘s Direct‘s warehouse were higher than average, trade unions have called for a vote on a review of how workers are treated.

An AGM set for next month is to see yet more turmoil for the sportswear giant, as new reports show there are 6.6 injuries per 100,000 hours worked — nearly triple the rate seen in the agriculture sector, which is regarded as dangerous.

In Sports Direct’s retail, office and distribution division there were also nearly twice the average injuries per hours worked.

Sky News reported that the Trade Union Share Holders Groups (TUSO) have urged shareholders to call for a review into conditions at Sports Direct’s controversial warehouse, which has been described as being like a “Victorian workhouse” by an inquest.

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TUSO have also called for board members to look into the high staff turnover rates. 22 per cent of staff left the company in the 2016 financial year, over twice the average of eight per cent.

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady told Sky News: “Sports Direct has shown a consistent disregard for the wellbeing of its staff. These abysmal figures show that the company is performing far worse than other companies in the same sector.”

Sports Direct announced earlier this week that it would back-pay £1 million to workers who were paid below the minimum wage. 

This new revelation comes amid increasing pressure from unions, MPs and shareholders to replace the management of the company and review its treatment of workers. 

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