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Sports Direct is a Victorian workhouse or a gulag, not a warehouse

Paul Hodgson | August 10, 2016

On 22 July, the U.K. parliament issued its final report of the investigation into the working practices of scandal-ridden sporting goods retailer Sports Direct. Iain Wright MP, chair of the Business, Innovation, and Skills (BIS) Committee, said: “Evidence we heard points to a business whose working practices are closer to that of a Victorian workhouse than that of a modern, reputable High Street retailer.” If this can happen in a U.K. business when Britain is part of the European Union and subject to all its employment rules and regulations, it does not augur well for future employment conditions. During oral evidence, Mike Ashley, CEO of Sports Direct, admitted for the first time that workers had “effectively been paid below the national minimum wage” and that Sports Direct had got...

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