Employment tribunal rules against Sports Direct
Former workers awarded compensation
Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley has been under fire for what has been described as “disgraceful and unlawful employment practices”.
Sports Direct store
A Glasgow employment tribunal awarded compensation to 50 former employees of its USC business after the USC workers had been given just 15 minutes notice that the company’s warehouse in Dundonald, Ayrshire was to close.
Under employment law, workers should be given at least 30 days consultation before losing their jobs.
The workers were awarded a “protective award”, equivalent to 90 days pay.
Rory McPherson, the partner in charge of Thompsons Solicitors employment law department told the Guardian newspaper: “This judgement from the tribunal is very good news for the former employees at Dundonald who brought the case. They showed courage in standing up to and beating a rich and powerful employer like Mike Ashley who used disgraceful and unlawful employment practices."
According to the Guardian "about 80 workers at the Dundonald warehouse lost their jobs when administrators were called into West Coast Capital (USC), a Sports Direct-controlled entity that owned 28 stores in the retailer’s USC chain. The group’s stores were immediately bought out of administration by Sports Direct’s Republic division, which already owned 32 USC stores."
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