Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Amazon cuts ties with firm at heart of Sports Direct scandal

Amazon has severed ties with employment agency Transline Group, which hit headlines after being caught in Sports Direct‘s workers‘ rights scandal last year.

The online retail giant has halted its collaboration with Transline, reportedly following a routine review.

Although it is not clear how many workers will be affected, five of Amazon‘s 12 UK warehouses employ staff from Transline.

This will represent the most significant blow to the company since it was revealed that workers at Sports Direct‘s warehouses, many employed by Transline, were being paid below minimum wage.

Transline workers from Amazon sites in Doncaster, Peterborough Swansea and Dunfermline will be affected by the decision, according to The Guardian.

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Amid the scandal which saw Sports Direct and Transline succumb to a parliamentary enquiry over the treatment of workers, Iain Wright MP wrote to Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley calling for him to drop the company.

He stated: “We ask you to think seriously about continuing to use Transline, a company that treats their workers and conducts its business in a way that is inconsistent with your own aspirations for Sports Direct to be on a par with likes of Selfridges and John Lewis.”

It is understood Transline still supplies workers for the sportswear retailer, along with other high street staples like Argos and online rfashion retailer Asos.

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