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Ashley: Sports Direct ambulance call-outs were hasty

Mike Ashley said Sports Direct staff had been "over-quick to pick up the phone" after it was revealed that 110 ambulances were called to its main warehouse in the last three years.

The figure related to call-outs between January 1 2013 and April 19 this year to the Shirebrook warehouse in Derbyshire.

Mike Ashley pledged to implement a number of changes to working practices within 90 days.

"Let us assume that every single call-out was needed," he said. "How are people getting injured at Sports Direct? You cannot have that number of serious incidents - it is impossible."

Mr Ashley added: "I was told that we were over-quick to pick up the phone for the ambulance service."

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Ashley: 80% of Sports Direct work zero-hours contracts

Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley said he wanted to see more of his staff on full-time contracts as he confirmed that four in five workers were on zero-hour contracts.

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'Things happen at Sports Direct that shouldn't happen'

Mike Ashley has told MPs that the size of Sports Direct means things happen that "shouldn't happen".

"There will be things at a company that size that happen that shouldn't happen," he said, but added: "We don't just ignore things."

ITV News Business Editor Joel Hills noted that Mr Ashley has played down any sinister means in a relaxed display in front of MPs.

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Ashley: Six-strike policy is fair if 'executed correctly'

Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley has told MPs the chain's six-strike policy on worker dismissals is fair "if it is executed correctly".

The list of offences were shown to MPs and criticised by the Unite union ahead of Mr Ashley's appearance.

ITV News Business Editor Joel Hills earlier tweeted the list:

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Ashley confirms staff fines for minute lateness 'not fair'

Mike Ashley has said a fine of 15-minutes' pay for every minute employees were late on a shift is "not fair".

He said the practice had changed but confirmed workers were still not paid for working past their allotted hours.

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Ashley: I can do a better job for my workers than unions

Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley has said it was hard to receive feedback from his workers - amid claims of mistreatment - as so few people would respond to questionnaires.

Mike Ashley warned against the involvement of the unions in dealing with workers and their rights.

"For whatever reason people don't fill them in," he said.

Mr Ashley said he could "see value" in making the surveys compulsory but said he could do "a better job than Unite" in issues with workers.

ITV News Business Editor Joel Hills tweeted:

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Ashley admits Sports Direct paid below minimum wage

Mike Ashley confirmed the issue of bottlenecking delays at security as staff clocked in and out meant it had broken the law.

ITV News Business Editor Joel Hills tweeted:

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Mike Ashley confirms shift bottlenecking cost workers

Mike Ashley has told MPs the company had been paying workers below the minimum wage on the "specific issue" of end-of-shift bottlenecks at security.

"The processes are now in place for that not to happen," he said, blaming the difficulties on the radical expansion of the company.

Mr Ashley earlier said his review into working practices at Sports Direct is underway but will never end.

"Some things have come as a bit of an unpleasant surprise," he said.

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Mike Ashley facing MPs over Sports Direct allegations

Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley has begun his long-awaited showdown with MPs over the retail chain's alleged poor work conditions and practices.

Mike Ashley announced in December he would personally oversee a review of working practices at the Shirebrook warehouse.

Mr Ashley will face questions over its flagship Shirebrook warehouse in Derbyshire, including agency worker status and the use of zero-hours contracts.

Ahead of his appearance, the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee's chair Iain Wright said the MPs aimed to probe allegations that Sports Direct was breaking the law.

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Sports Direct warehouse a 'normal working environment'

The recruitment agency who provides staff to Sports Direct has described conditions at the retail chain's warehouses as a "normal working environment".

The agency representatives said Sports Direct's six-strikes policy was there to "help" workers and said they were unaware of mistreatment of workers.

Recruitment agencies Transline and Best Connection supply Sports Direct with 4,000 staff.

ITV News Business Editor Joel Hills tweeted:

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