Over 600 JD Sports workers to protest against reduced breaks

JD Sports Usdaw protest
The number of breaks during a typical 12-hour night shift has reduced from 3 to 2
// JD Sports workers sign up to a grievance to protest against reduced break times at Rochdale distribution centre
// The number of breaks during a typical 12-hour night shift has reduced from 3 to 2

Over 600 workers have signed up to a grievance to protest against sports goods retailer JD Sports, after it reduced the number of rest breaks for workers on 12-hour night shifts at the Rochdale distribution centre.

The number of breaks during a typical 12-hour night shift has reduced from three to two, although the overall time provided for breaks has remained the same.

“More and more companies are treating their workers like disposable assets with little or no consultation with staff when making changes to work patterns,” The Usdaw Divisional Officer, Mike Aylward said.

“In this case JD want people to work from 6pm at night until 6am in the morning with just two breaks.

“People are in genuine fear for their safety as they’re forced to work through crushing fatigue and sadly, recently arrived migrant workers are often on the receiving end of this treatment.

“Usdaw believes such exploitative employment practices belong in 1819 not 2019.”

Aylward added: “Similar battles are taking place across distribution as more and more employees demand the support of a trade union.

“In 2017 Usdaw was successful in securing a recognition agreement with discount retailer B&M Bargains which meant the union was the sole trade union for both retail and distribution workers.

“Staff at JD Sports distribution are joining Usdaw for an independent voice and to say enough is enough.”

A spokesperson for JD Sports said: “We have met with our colleagues and have considered their comments.

“We are now looking to meet with them as soon as possible to provide feedback and agree next steps.”

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  1. My daughter left within the week due to the risk to her health and safety. Made to feel like she had to stay after her shift and no way of getting home. Not a great advertisement of the working world, first job from school. Still not received pay for the hours that she worked. Its awful and non experienced managers managing.

  2. “Crushing fatique”…. melodramatic much
    12 hour shifts… not uncommon

    Total time of break remains unchanged…

    Didn’t consult with staff before, there is no fundamental change, so no requirement to consult, breaks have just been realigned.

    The fact it is a night shift has no difference, so long as the worker is not working 2 jobs thus causing the crushing fatique which is not the firm’s fault but the individuals.

    Perhaps they are aggrieved as they can’t blag an extra 15 minutes by getting 5 minutes extra on each break?

    Surely a solid 30 minute break with time to relax, and eat and drink is better than a rushed 20minutes?
    Can use the second break for a nap now too, help that crushing fatique…

    What is the issue here to create a story?

  3. I feel many would be surprise how little breaks staff are in titled to nowadays. We work 10am-5pm and have 20mins, which is 6.40 mins paid work. Yes, I do not count the time it gets to sign out and get to the staff room or going to the toilet afterwards. So yes I am guilty of taking an extra few minutes on top. I know of worst conditions where you would do your 6hrs shift and no breaks, well its not breaking any laws. When you are under staff and wanting to work but your body is failing, its hard to keep up the pace without a decent amount of breaks. I worked for a well known company ( no longer around ) who dwindle the staffing over the years, in the end 6 floor staff became 2. I watch the 16yr old from the office security camera while I had my break. Getting a rest was never going to happen. Breaks are there for a reason and their loss are taking its toll.


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