Socialist Worker

Union activists recruit Sports Direct workers

by Tomáš Tengely-Evans
Issue No. 2484

Activists are organising to take on union-bashing Sports Direct bosses in Shirebrook, Derbyshire.

The company, owned by millionaire Mike Ashley, has been at the centre of scandals over working conditions.

They include making workers queue after work in order to be searched—sometimes strip-searched.

Colin Hampton is the Unite Community branch secretary.

He told Socialist Worker, “It’s been difficult to unionise, because people can get sacked at a second’s notice.”

The latest campaign began when Unite members and supporters held a rally outside the Sports Direct AGM in September.

Activists are now organising English for Speakers of Other Languages (Esol) classes for migrant workers that will begin in the New Year.

Some 80 people have already signed up.

Aubrey is one of the people being trained to teach English. He said, “Many of the workers are eastern European migrants and don’t speak English.

“But this is a way of getting them together to learn English—and their workplace rights.”


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