Sports Direct

Sports Direct Is Finally Making Amends For Not Paying Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 15.08.2016 | UK
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Sports Direct is to hand more than £1 million to thousands of workers after the retailer admitted to not paying the minimum wage. The move will se...

Sports Direct Staff 'Not Treated Like Humans' Finds Damning Report

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 22.07.2016 | UK

Sports Direct is subjecting workers to “appalling” conditions where some aren’t paid the national minimum wage and others claim they were offere...

Corbyn: Stop Blaming EU Migrants

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Politics

Jeremy Corbyn has urged voters to not blame immigrants or the EU for low wages and job insecurity in Britain - and instead blame previous Labour and T...

Fat Cats Are Curdling the Cream - Time to Regulate Bosses?

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

Are we in a new infuriating phase of the economic cycle, that one where a few individuals shake your faith in corporate life just when everyone has got over austerity?

The Sports Direct Shambles Shows Why the Law Alone Will Never Protect Workers

Rebecca Winson | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Politics
Rebecca Winson

One of the great things about the trade union movement though, is that simply by existing it protects workers whether it's allowed into a workplace officially or not. By ensuring that a big enough stink was caused about Sports Direct that Ashley has been dragged in front of MPs, Unite have done more for Sports Direct workers than Ashley has ever even considered doing.

This MP Just Used A Glass Of Water To Really Embarrass Sports Direct's Recruiter

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK

A Sports Direct recruiter was left stunned when an MP used a glass of water she requested to make a cutting dig at the under-fire company. Ian Wright...

Sports Direct's Mike Ashley's Extraordinary Grilling By MPs

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Politics

Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct has been accused by trade unions of overseeing a “culture of fear” as the sportswear magnate admitted he was paying ...

Sports Direct Boss Defended With Bizarre 'Middle Class Rights' Argument

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK

A business professor who took to the radio to defend Sports Direct's Mike Ashley has sparked a backlash after he suggested not all workers deserved to...

Sports Direct Boss Mike Ashley Could Be Forced Before MPs After Speaker Bercow Backs Demand

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK Politics

Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley could be dragged to the House of Commons to answer questions over allegedly providing workers with “Victorian-type”...

People Have Turned A Sports Direct PR Stunt Into A Brilliant Initiative For The Homeless

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK

Newcastle United fans and Twitter users have turned a marketing stunt by Sports Direct into a brilliant initiative to keep homeless people warm this w...

Sports Directs' Critics Still Aren't Impressed With Its Latest 'PR Stunt'

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 31.12.2015 | UK

Under-fire retailer Sports Direct has vowed to pay its employees above the national minimum wage from January 1 - but its critics don't seem to be won...

Sports Direct Staff Are Having Strokes And Are 'Too Scared To Be Off Sick'

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK

Ambulances have been called to the headquarters of Sports Direct 82 times in the last two years amid reports workers were "too frightened" to take tim...

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Newcastle United?

Jamie Spencer | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK Sport
Jamie Spencer

Everything is in place for Newcastle to be a successful club, but with Mike Ashley as owner, business sense will always win-out over football. Risk is what wins silverware and creates memories, but can easily destroy a club too and therein lies the dilemma for Newcastle United.

Miliband: 1, Sports Direct: 0

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Louise Ridley | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband has singled out retailer Sports Direct as a "terrible" employer for some of its staff, in a damning speech about the "Victorian" practice...

MPs Are Keen To Probe Tesco's Financial Shambles...

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 25.09.2014 | UK

Tesco executives may be dragged before MPs to explain the supermarket giant's "stratospheric" error over its inflated profits guidance. Adrian Bail...

Sports Direct Founder Does Something Nice For Once

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Sport

Sports Direct tycoon Mike Ashley has given up his right to a potential multi-million pound windfall, meaning that the retailer's 3,000 full-time emplo...

A Cleaning Set? 'It's Girl Stuff'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Step aside lip balm chemistry set and the bubble bath science lab, there's a new contender for most gender-steroetyped toy in town. Spotted by eagl...

Was A Baby Born In A Sports Direct Warehouse'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Police have launched an inquiry after a baby was born at a warehouse on New Year's Day and then admitted to a neo-natal unit. Officers were unable ...

Ashley Bans Free Press!

Ciaran Donaghy | Posted 28.12.2013 | UK Sport
Ciaran Donaghy

Ashley quite obviously thinks he can remove freedom of information from the equation and Newcastle United fans will take this lying down too. I won't focus on the act of banning newspapers too much. Quite clearly Ashley is feeling the pressure and is reacting in the only way he knows how to - badly.

Zero-Hour Contracts: The Dark Side of Flexible Labour Markets

The Conversation UK | Posted 05.10.2013 | UK Politics
The Conversation UK

Whether it be young people selling sports shoes, or carers looking after the elderly, workers in the UK are increasingly being forced into zero-hour contracts. This hasn't happened by accident: it is a product of many years of moving towards a "flexible" labour market, one that in practice means more power for employers over employees.

Zero Hours Contracts Distort the True Cost of Labour

Rachel Tan | Posted 05.10.2013 | UK Politics
Rachel Tan

Zero hours contracts often provide uncertain lives for workers, who are only nominally employed and must be on permanent standby. They have an erratic stream of income which makes it challenging to manage budgets, bills and other commitments.

Zero Hours Contracts

Katie Hopkins | Posted 04.10.2013 | UK
Katie Hopkins

As an employer in a small business, I fully endorse the use of zero hours contracts to create a more dynamic, responsive workforce. Zero hours contracts make perfect sense. To fulfil the demand for temporary workers in casual positions, they allow the employer to flex their staffing muscle according to the needs of the business and the whims of the customer.

Wayne Tooney? Perhaps Not

Rohan Banerjee | Posted 15.07.2013 | UK Sport
Rohan Banerjee

As a Newcastle fan, I'm quite used to hearing ridiculous things - usually from our own supporters. But this one really tops the lot. Sports Direct News (yes that's actually a thing) has claimed that "low-level" talks have taken place between the Magpies and Wayne Rooney's agent, although an official offer is yet to be lodged. Go figure.

Sports Direct Buys Republic, Safeguarding 2,100 Jobs

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Thomas | Posted 28.02.2013 | UK

Sports Direct has become this week's high street hero by saving the jobs of 2,100 people, after it bought struggling retailer Republic. The sale of...

Charlie Thomas

Sports Direct Continues Its Winning Streak | Charlie Thomas | Posted 21.02.2013 | UK

Sports Direct continues to buck the high street trend, after it revealed sales rose 21.1% to £589.5 million on Thursday, with gross profits jumping 2...