They call themselves a model employer, but today it’s been revealed that 90% of Sports Direct staff are on zero hours contracts.  This means employees are stripped of rights like holiday pay and sick pay. And they have no guarantee of work week to week. 
The bosses at Sports Direct have been all over the media this month boasting about how great they are to work for.  They’re painfully aware of how their public image impacts on sales. And their PR department will already be worried about how the news reports will impact on their bottom line.
Together we can turn up the heat. If enough of us email the company now and demand they treat their employees properly 38 Degrees members can force them to do the right thing. Thousands of emails – means brand damage they can’t afford to ignore.
Can you write to the bosses of Sports Direct and demand they treat their staff properly?
The campaign against zero hours contracts is gaining momentum with MPs and unions opposing the practice. Right now the government is reviewing how zero hours contracts are being used by businesses.  But as each week goes by tens of thousands of people are still left working under these conditions.
Lots of 38 Degrees members want to see an end to zero hours full stop. But Sports Direct are the UKs biggest sports retailer and they’re in the news right now. So let’s start here.
When 38 Degrees members took on companies like Adidas, Coca-Cola and McDonalds over tax dodging around the Olympics they were quick to respond. Within days we’d forced companies to do the right thing and turn down the tax dodge opportunity.  Together let’s force Sports Direct to do the right thing and treat their staff properly.
Can you write to the bosses of Sports Direct and demand answers now:
Thanks for being involved
Robin, Belinda, Becky, Megan, Fiona and the 38 Degrees team
Thanks for your cogent and thoughtful analysis. Can I add some real personal experience to the debate?
My Brother-in-law works for a firm of double glazing manufacturers in East Anglia. The workforce have not had a wage increase for 6 years. When they challenge their employers, they say….”If you don’t like it go elsewhere. We can get plenty of East Europeans who will do the work quicker and cheaper.”
My neice has links to a firm in Salford that prepares pre-cut vegetables for restaurants. She knows that many of the work-force are East Europeans earning £2-50 per hour.
My son has a politics degree but could only get work as a contract worker in Leeds for a well-known Labour Agency. He was invited by the company to apply for a job as a negotiator by the company. He duly applied. He failed to get the job they had invited him to apply for and it went to a Polish woman who spoke very little English.
This is the personal experience of one family in relation to the mayhem that was caused by New Labour’s negligent handling of the immigration issue. In my view immigration is fine as long as it is organic. What New Labour over-saw was a hugely damaging influx that de-stabilised the employment market in favour of unscrupulous employers.
Unite boss Len McCluskey, who has funded Ed Miliband to the tune of £8million, said he was sick of being ‘taken for granted by people who welcome our money, but not our policy input’.
In a speech to union activists, he demanded that Labour shift further to the Left, saying he would not bankroll a party that was ‘a pinkish shadow of the present coalition’.
The UKIP conference that opens in Birmingham today may shed some light on what UKIP members of the European Parliament actually do. What they don’t do, judging from raw data published on the Votewatch website, is take much part in the work of that Parliament. According to the figures for the three years until Jul 2012, they have the worst attendance, voting and work performance of any political party from anywhere across the EU.
When MEPs take a vote, it is as likely as not that UKIP’s energetic leader Nigel Farage will not be anywhere except in the European Parliament. He has missed 447 votes in three years, almost half the total. When MEPs are ranked by the number of votes for which they have been present, he comes 740th out of 753. The attendance record shows that there were 47 days when the Parliament was sitting without the benefit of his presence. Yet his attendance records compares well with that of Paul Nuttall, UKIP MEP for North West England, who is down as having missed 67 sitting days and 456 votes.
Between them, the party’s 12 MEPs have tabled no reports, 11 have tabled no opinions, nine have signed no written declarations or motions, and seven have tabled no amendments to reports ranking them at the bottom of the pile out of all 753 MEPs. Or at least that is what the Liberal Democrat MEP Chris Davies claims, after poring over the figures. “In Brussels the UKIP representatives reduce our country’s reputation to that of a laughing stock. The nearest thing to a UKIP MEP you are likely to see is an empty seat,” he said.
It could be argued that given that UKIP MEPs have better things to do than hang around in Brussels, since their mission is to get Britain out of the EU – an argument that would stand up better if they had not trousered £11.5 million in salaries, staffing and office costs. And that is not counting their expenses.
VOID: Scheme costs council £700k By Robbie Gill source MM
Salford Council are set to continue with the failed Landlord Licensing scheme which has created a void of over £700,000.
The scheme was intended to raise standards in privately rented accommodation and ensure all landlords are fit and proper.
In its initial term, it has raised £40,000 from landlords each year, but this has failed to cover the costs of running the department.
Five members of staff have run the scheme which cost nearly £1million, taking away the money raised it amounts to a void of over £700,000 in the council’s budget.
It was initially intended as a short term measure which would run for four years, however the council have decided to extend this.