To: David Forsey, Chief Executive of Sports Direct

Sports Direct: Stop your shameful work practices

The petition has ended. We collected more than 20,000 signatures, and the scandal of Sports Direct shameful work practices has become a national story. We are continuing to campaign through actions around the country: https://goingtowork.org.uk/sports-direct-valentines-day-action-is-biggest-yet/

We demand Sports Direct ends draconian working practices and stops relying on low-paid, zero-hours contracts. It’s time for Sports Direct to restore dignity and security at work by paying a real living wage and putting all staff on permanent contracts.

Why is this important?

Imagine being monitored every minute of the working day, ‘named and shamed’ over a tannoy system if your supervisor thinks you’re not working hard enough, and body searched after every shift. That's the reality for workers at Sports Direct’s Shirebrook warehouse.

Most of the staff subjected to these harsh conditions are employed by two agencies – Best Connection and Transline. They are threatened with a ‘six strikes and you’re out’ disciplinary procedure. Staff can get ‘strikes’ for taking too long in the toilet, talking too much or even having time off due to sickness.

It’s not just warehouse staff that are treated badly. Three quarters of the workforce at Sports Direct’s high street shops in the UK are employed on zero-hours contracts. These workers have no security, no sickness or holiday pay, no guaranteed hours of work and can’t plan for the future.

Sports Direct is a hugely profitable retail giant. Latest company figures show a 7.4% increase in gross profit to £1.155 billion. We must not allow them to get away with this unacceptable behaviour. Every worker has the right to be treated fairly and with respect in their workplace.

Please help us put pressure on Sports Direct – together we can make this happen.


Reasons for signing

  • Back in 2005-06 I worked in a branch of Charva Direct (I refuse to use a non insulting name on principle) while I was a student. It was a grim, vile experience. A company badly run, treating its staff as cheap disposable labour. Recruitment was very much based on the idea that if you pick people who have little confidence and/or are desperate you can get away with anything.
  • People need decent, fair working conditions. These are neither decent nor fair.
  • The employees seem to be depressed. AND I MEAN BLOODY DEPRESSED. This shameful behaviour by these employers is on a level or much worse than Amazon. Time this grotty company was given a severe kick in their bloated arses.

Updates

2016-12-08 10:22:01 +0000

Sports Direct lashes out as profits fall 25%.

The under-fire company's chairman hits out at critics as it reports a big dip in profits and the purchase of a corporate jet at a cost of tens of millions of pounds..

Read more here: http://news.sky.com/story/sports-direct-hits-out-at-extreme-campaign-as-profits-fall-25-10687385

2016-02-15 15:08:44 +0000

Unite’s national day of action on Saturday 13 February was a great success, with local actions taking place in more than 30 cities. We also handed in our petition of more than 20,000 signatures at Sports Direct's head office.

Read more here: https://goingtowork.org.uk/sports-direct-valentines-day-action-is-biggest-yet/

2016-02-11 14:52:21 +0000

Unite (the trade union for Sports Direct workers) will be holding a national day of action this Saturday (13 Feb), and will be taking the message of decent jobs to more than 30 high street stores around the country.

We'll be demanding that Sports Direct commits to becoming a living wage employer, tackles its Victorian work practices, and transfers agency staff onto fixed hour permanent contracts.

Can you support Sports Direct workers on Saturday? Join us on the day at a Sports Direct shop near you.

Find a list of locations at the Unite website: http://bit.ly/sportsdirectaction

We'll be handing in this petition on the day as well. It's fantastic that it's just passed 20,000 signatures! Can you help with a final push of sharing online to get it even bigger?

2016-02-11 13:38:44 +0000

20,000 signatures reached

2015-12-22 14:19:14 +0000

We're seeing first signs of movement! Sports Direct has announced a review of all agency staff terms and conditions. But can the company really be trusted to investigate itself? Read more: http://goingtowork.org.uk/sports-direct-faces-christmas-under-pressure/

2015-12-10 12:32:36 +0000

10,000 signatures reached

2015-12-10 10:15:40 +0000

A major Guardian investigation has revealed how Sports Direct pays below the legal minimum wage - plus many other abuses in its Shirebrook warehouse: http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/dec/09/how-sports-direct-effectively-pays-below-minimum-wage-pay

2015-10-07 13:22:14 +0100

We've passed 5,000 signatures this morning - It's very timely given today (7 Oct) is World Day for Decent Work. Decent work means fair pay, safe workplaces, security of livelihood, and a voice - all things that workers at Sports Direct are fighting for. Happy World Day for Decent Work to everyone who's signed so far. Please help spread the word now, share this petition with friends and colleagues, and let's raise the pressure on Sports Direct to act.

2015-10-07 00:08:15 +0100

5,000 signatures reached

2015-10-06 15:28:24 +0100

The BBC has broadcast a new investigation, which found that ambulances had been called to Sports Direct's Shirebrook warehouse 82 times in two years. Watch it here: http://bbc.in/1OTTGFd

2015-09-09 12:20:49 +0100

On today's day of action - with protests taking place outside Sports Direct branches throughout Britain - the Guardian has published a scathing editorial about the company's practices: "Victorian conditions at the bottom, easy millions for the top: Sports Direct embodies big British capitalism at its grubbiest."

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/sep/08/the-guardian-view-on-sports-direct-big-british-capitalism-at-its-grubbiest

2015-09-09 12:19:08 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2015-09-09 07:56:25 +0100

500 signatures reached

2015-09-07 21:58:51 +0100

100 signatures reached

2015-09-07 18:49:31 +0100

50 signatures reached

2015-09-07 16:29:11 +0100

25 signatures reached

2015-09-07 11:54:47 +0100

10 signatures reached