Please note: This site covers the period that I was a Member of Parliament from May 2010 to June 2017.
The Business, Innovation and Skills Committee has today published its findings into employment practices at Sports Direct.
The Committee was presented with a disturbing picture of the working practices and business model at Sports Direct. In evidence to the BIS Committee, Mr Ashley admitted for the first time that workers had effectively been paid below the national minimum wage and that Sports Direct had got too big for him to control.
The Committee also heard a series of accounts of worker mistreatment, including staff being penalised for matters such as taking a short break to drink water and for taking time off work when ill – the ‘six strikes and you’re out’ policy.
Other evidence pointed to serious health and safety breaches, with repeated ambulance calls to the Shirebrook warehouse, including one case where a woman gave birth in the site toilets.
Richard as a key member of the Committee, is leading efforts to persuade the Government led by Theresa May to bring forward proposals to ensure businesses work for their employees and not just for their bosses.
The full report can be read here.