BBC East Midlands are reporting that Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct workers are ‘scared’ of their current working conditions, with unions urging the retail giant to close its massive warehouse in Derbyshire.
The disgraced NUFC owner issued a public apology on behalf of Sports Direct in response to the backlash it has received amid the coronavirus crisis, but warehouse staff are still concerned at the lack of social distancing measures and feel the place should be shut down entirely.
Photographs released show workers grouped in close proximity at the distribution centre, something that is in total contradiction to the Government’s current guideline of staying 2 metres apart from non-family members.
Here is a clip from the BBC’s broadcast yesterday:
The company’s statement this morning tried to claw some morality back by stating it will supply the NHS with lorries that can be used to transport medical equipment, but dodged any response in regards to this workers comments or the price increase of several goods such as skipping ropes and dumbells.
A little bit of research on the Sports Direct website finds that these prices have since been reversed, with items now marked as reduced or ‘on sale.’
Knowing Ashley as we do, this is likely another one of his failed PR stunts.