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http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2013/jul/28/sports-direct-staff-zero-hour-contracts

Sports Direct's entire 20,000 part-time workforce are employed on zero-hour contracts at a time when 2,000 full-time staff are about to cash in bonuses of up to £100,000.

The contracts, handed to 90% of the company's 23,000 employees, leave staff not knowing how many hours they will work from one week to the next, with no sick pay or holiday pay, and no guarantee of regular work.

Bosses at Sports Direct, the UK's biggest sports retailer, were this month hailing their bonus policy for full-time staff as that of a model employer.

The Guardian has also discovered that the bonus scheme rules give managers the power to exclude a member of staff if they are considered an "unsatisfactory performer", although they do not precisely define this term and it could be subject to abuse, according to employment lawyers.

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Politicians have been campaigning to ban the contracts and have called on Mike Ashley, the billionaire owner of Sports Direct, to consider introducing part-time contracts with guaranteed hours.

You don't get rich by giving people holidays/sickpay what sort of socialist nonesense is that.

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With the advent of social media, why don't these workers, armed with this information, decide en masse and at short notice to go on strike until they get a better contract? They can't recruit replacements all that quickly. Not everyone would do it, fair enough, but it wouldn't take a great fraction, if these places are run as lean as can be.

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So these are jobs that require tax credits and housing benefits presumably.

AFAIK, (depending on your circumstances), you need to work 30 hours a week, and be over 25 to enable to claim tax credits...I very much suspect that a lot of part-time workers are young students...

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That would explain why the last person to serve me at Sports Direct was chewing gum and didn't appear to give a flying fluck. Why should she have done?

To impress management & secure a full-time position, perhaps?

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The contracts, handed to 90% of the company's 23,000 employees, leave staff not knowing how many hours they will work from one week to the next, with no sick pay or holiday pay, and no guarantee of regular work.

I wonder how many of these people will qualify for a Help to buy mortgage?

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To impress management & secure a full-time position, perhaps?

Would you want to work for a company that treats 90% of its workforce like *****s though?

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This story had been doing my head in

Most of the staff in the branch i visit (SE) are beautiful Spanish girls but i guessed they were on a lot less than 20k and no way would they be hanging around if they got 75K+ bonus

So this is managers and office bods, HR and the like i guess

same as it ever was

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So these are jobs that require tax credits and housing benefits presumably.

...yeah...we the tax payers are the clowns subsidising this ...don't blame anyone else.... it is you....you are allowing this to happen ...what are you going to do about it ...?....remember the ballot box is a long way off...... :rolleyes:

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Unbelievable. That's the last time I buy a thing from them. *******.

-100 - there's a market place for labour out there, and I appreciate being able to buy cheap things. Put staff on good contracts and double the prices - and you will never see my custom again.

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So these are jobs that require tax credits and housing benefits presumably.

So what you are saying that in reality they are public sector employees.....add it to the deficit. ;)

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-100 - there's a market place for labour out there, and I appreciate being able to buy cheap things. Put staff on good contracts and double the prices - and you will never see my custom again.

Yeah, but if you are forced to top up these workers earnings via in work benefits, it's not quite as straightforward as you think is it?

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-100 - there's a market place for labour out there, and I appreciate being able to buy cheap things. Put staff on good contracts and double the prices - and you will never see my custom again.

Well we won't be bumping into you at John Lewis then.

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-100 - there's a market place for labour out there, and I appreciate being able to buy cheap things. Put staff on good contracts and double the prices - and you will never see my custom again.

So you'd be quite happy to work a zero hour week then? Or is that just for the proles?

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I did once overhear a convo between two managers at an SD store. They were discussing staffing levels and micromanaging it to the minute, planning to send one employee home in ten minutes and another sixty minutes after that.

I think the easy way to fix this is to legislate that NMW is doubled for "overtime" - ie, time not in contract or late notice time.

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I did once overhear a convo between two managers at an SD store. They were discussing staffing levels and micromanaging it to the minute, planning to send one employee home in ten minutes and another sixty minutes after that.

I think the easy way to fix this is to legislate that NMW is doubled for "overtime" - ie, time not in contract or late notice time.

Sounds like very bad running of a business to me, where the staff pick up all the risk.

Do Sports Direct refuse to pay for sports gear that doesn't sell, or switch off the lights during quiet periods?

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Sounds like very bad running of a business to me, where the staff pick up all the risk.

Do Sports Direct refuse to pay for sports gear that doesn't sell, or switch off the lights during quiet periods?

I am not a fan of Mike or SD but it is a FTSE 100 company and of course it is not badly run. All the other like JJB etc have all gone bust.

SD Zero is unsecured but is better than no job. Frontline accounts at studentrooms are some happy, some don't and that is also store (manager) dependent. If anyone walking in expect this to be a civil service job or John Lewis Job, then they will obviously be very disappointed.

http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=1984103&page=4&page=4

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I did once overhear a convo between two managers at an SD store. They were discussing staffing levels and micromanaging it to the minute, planning to send one employee home in ten minutes and another sixty minutes after that.

I think the easy way to fix this is to legislate that NMW is doubled for "overtime" - ie, time not in contract or late notice time.

Is the current employment legislation not complex enough already ?

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Put staff on good contracts and double the prices - and you will never see my custom again.

If you think that putting staff on good contracts will double prices, you have little grasp of business costs! Stick to hiding under your bridge ;)

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