SPORTS Direct staff are still working in stores today – despite being ordered to close by the Government and won’t let staff leave until 5pm and has not even provided hand sanitiser, Politicalite can exclusively reveal.
Company boss Mike Ashley also plotted to hike Sports Equipment by up to 50% amid the Coronavirus outbreak before the Government forced the firm to close down temporarily, and wanted to FORCE staff to work amid the deadly pandemic outbreak.
Ashley wanted to raise prices of skipping ropes, weights and resistance belts by more than 50% according to documents see by Politicalite.
The store said it will not open until given the greenlight by the Government as staff revolted over being forced to work in dangerous circumstances. – but staff were STILL in work Monday.
Sports Direct staff were told they will not be paid unless they turn up for work – putting themselves and others at risk.
One worker in a Sports Direct store spoke to Politicalite and asked to keep their identity secret.
The source said: “I’m a salaried staff member at Sports Direct.”
“We are being forced to work at least 36 hours a week (our contract is 50 hours) or we will not be paid.”
“So far the 80% from the government isn’t even an option. The only options are come into work or get nothing.”
“The atmosphere is very tense. We’re all scared about the future. We’re scared about getting sick”
“I’m in work right now. I’ve been here since 7am and I’m not allowed to leave until 5.”
“He doesn’t care at all. We didn’t even get any cleaning supplies or hand sanitiser sent to us.”
Mike Ashley said last night that his chain of clothing stores were an “essential service”, because they sell fitness equipment, despite the Prime Minister announcing a complete lockdown, closing clothing stores and banning non-essential travel.
The greedy Newcastle owner, who is loathed entirely is disregarded the health of his own workforce in a bid to profiteer in times of national emergency.
Mike Ashely is just as toxic as the virus that is killing hundreds of Britons and thousands across the world.
His money-grabbing scheme to profit amid the national emergency was covered-up with claims of ‘stocking sports equipment.’ despite the Government calling on non-essential establishments to shut – including gyms, pubs, restaurants, playgrounds and other stores – even McDonald’s, KFC, Costa Coffee and Starbucks and Nandos shuttered up shop across the UK in an unprecedented move.
The company said: “We stock a huge range of sports equipment designed for exercising at home … indeed, home fitness is the number one trending topic on social media after coronavirus itself.”
Against the backdrop of the closure of gyms, the demand for these types of products has increased exponentially as the population looks to maintain a healthy lifestyle.”
“Consequently, we are uniquely well placed to help keep the UK as fit and healthy as possible during this crisis and thus our Sports Direct and Evans Cycles stores will remain open where possible to allow us to do this (in accordance with the government’s current social distancing guidance).”
“There is no one else that has the range of product and range of stores to make this reasonably accessible for the whole population.”