Sports Direct accused of paying below minimum wage at Shirebrook warehouse

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Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct (renamed Frasers Group) has been accused of paying less than minimum wage by reports in the Guardian, following an investigation at his Shirebrook warehouse.The undercover investigation comes nearly five years after it was first revealed that the retailer was breaking minimum wage law, when workers were paid around £ 1million in back wages.

In 2016, the company reviewed its working practices and committed to making improvements.

New Guardian investigation, in which an undercover journalist was sent to the same Derbyshire warehouse for two weeks in June / July, says warehouse staff are not allowed to leave during their 30-minute non-break. paid.

The report notes that labor law experts believe this should be counted as paid working time, which would see the warehouse’s effective hourly wage rate slip below the statutory minimum wage. The Fraser Group said the Guardian investigation was “based on a false premise.”

While the newspaper acknowledges improvements have been made to address concerns of five years ago, other issues persist.

Responding to the Guardian articles, Frasers Group said in a statement, “We of course take any comments regarding our working conditions very seriously and will consider them as appropriate in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.

“We must add that we take on notice that it is extremely unlikely that anyone in our employment has been underpaid due to the processing of unpaid breaks.

“We are very pleased with the recognition from The Guardian for the improvements to the warehouse.”

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