Sep 14, 2017

MPs quiz Sports Direct boss over couriers' pay

Two parliamentary committees have questioned Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley about claims the company is underpaying its couriers. Rachel Reeves, who chairs the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, said: "On the face of it, this appears to be a stitch-up between Hermes and Sports Direct to short-change low paid couriers in order to boost company profits." Two years ago an investigation by the Guardian newspaper revealed that Sports Direct warehouse staff were earning below the legal minimum wage. Workers were required to go through searches at the end of each shift, for which their time was unpaid, and pay was deducted for clocking on for shifts just one minute late. One MP said last year that the report suggested Sports Direct's working practices "Are closer to that of a Victorian workhouse than that of a modern, reputable High Street retailer".

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