Sep 6th, 2016
Sports Direct are scrapping zero hours contracts!
By Robin Priestley
Great news! Today Sports Direct announced that they are scrapping zero hours contracts.
It’s the culmination of a long running campaign by 38 Degrees members, unions, the Guardian newspaper and many more.
Here’s a timeline of how we got to today’s wonderful news:
- The Guardian expose that 90% of Sports Direct employees are on zero hours contracts, causing national uproar.
- Over 100,000 38 Degrees members sign a petition calling on the government to investigate.
- Over 125,000 of us also write to Sports Direct demanding that they take action.
- Unite the union campaign for better conditions for warehouse workers at Sports Direct
- 38 Degrees member Zahera, a former Sports Direct “zero hours” employee launches a people powered legal action against the brand over their employment practices.
- Legal firm Leigh Day work on the case
- Over 13,000 of us chip in for the legal fees so that Zahera has an army of us standing with her.
- Business Minister Vince Cable says he’s going to look into the problem, and ban “exclusivity clauses” but rules out a ban on zero hours contracts.
- 38 Degrees members visit the Dept for Business Innovation and Skills to hand in our petition and give personal testimonies of working on zero hours contracts. We demand that the government launches a proper consultation.
- The government launches an official consultation into zero hours contracts
- 36,000 Members feed into an official government consultation.
- 50,000 of us sign a petition demanding that Vince Cable (Business minister) does more to tackle zero hours contracts.
- 38 Degrees members hold a public meeting with Vince Cable to grill him about zero hours
- Sports Direct settle out of court with Zahera and are legally bound to improve their contracts and make staff aware of holiday and sick pay etc.
- Campaign organisations and Unite the Union continue to organise with Sports Direct workers to oppose the contracts
- The Guardian reveal that Sports Direct are paying workers under minimum wage
- 20,000 38 Degrees members write to HMRC to demand that they investigate Sports Direct and their abuse of minimum wage
- Mike Ashley (Sports Direct boss) is called up to parliament to answer questions, but refuses to go.
- 36,000 members of 38 Degrees sign a petition demanding that he’s dragged up in front of MPs.
- Mike Ashley finally faces MPs and is grilled over his company’s practices.
- Sports Direct are forced to pay £1m in back pay to warehouse staff after a campaign by Unite
Congratulations to the hundreds of thousands of people who campaigned on this!