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Protests planned over 'shameful' Sports Direct practices

The Unite union is planning to hold protests against the role employment agencies allegedly played in "shameful" work practices at retail giant Sports Direct.

The Unite union is unhappy at the working conditions for Sports Direct employees. Credit: Rui Vieira / PA Wire

Unite regional officer Luke Primarolo said workers employed through employment agencies were being subject to "daylight robbery".

The march will take place in Chesterfield.

Last week it was revealed during a Parliamentary select committee hearingthat some Sports Direct workers did not receive the minimum wage.

Others received their wages through pre-paid debit cards which cost them £10, with an administration fee of £10 a month.


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Weekend Picks: RHS Flower Show

RHS Chatsworth Flower Show: Mon 7th – Sat 11th June (Chatsworth Estate, Derbyshire)

Students and new designers will showcase their design skills Credit: RHS/Chatsworth Estate

RHS Chatsworth Flower Show runs until Saturday this weekend.

Set within the 1000 acre parkland, cutting-edge design will be the focus of the garden content, with many different fresh ideas being showcased.

There will also be a focus on ‘Future Heritage’, which looks to incorporate local crafts and skills such as dry stone walling and use it in a contemporary way.

Students and new designers will also have a chance to get their design skills noticed in a new competition ‘Gardening in a Changing World’.

"Our aim is to create a new show that champions the horticultural innovation of today and the future, and encourages exhibitors to be progressive and think outside the box"

– Nick Mattingley, RHS Shows Director

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Weekend Picks: New Mills Carnival

New Mills Carnival: Sat 11th June (New Mills, High Peak, Derbyshire)

Visitors can have a go at learning some circus skills Credit: New Mills Carnival

Thousands are expected to join the New Mills Carnival Parade in Derbyshire this weekend.

The theme this year will be Theatre and the parade will set off at 1pm from High St, making its way along Market Street.

Among those taking part are New Mills Brass band, Urban Gypsies, Kinder Mountain Rescue, the Tin Man and The Wicked Witch, as well as New Mills Army Cadets, all local schools, and community groups including The Art Theatre and New Mills Festival.

As well as the traditional fairground and organ, visitors can have a go at learning some circus skills, bushcraft survival skills and get up close with the Majestic owls.

"New Mills Carnival attracts thousands of people from the surrounding area and this year will be no different as the long musical parade winds its way through the town centre...

Culminating in a festival of fun on the Carnival field with food stalls from around the world, local beers, live music, market stalls and huge fun fair"

– Jan Smith, Carnival volunteer

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Bolsover MP to vote for Brexit

Dennis Skinner Credit: PA

It is being reported that Dennis Skinner, MP for Bolsover, Derbyshire, will vote to leave the European Union in the upcoming referendum in two weeks time.

The veteran Labour MP had previously kept quiet over his decision.

In the past 24 hours, several Midlands MP's have had a change of heart on which way they are going to vote.

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Mike Ashley to provide written evidence to MPs on BHS

Mike Ashley's Sports Direct was involved in a failed rescue bid for BHS. Credit: PA

Mike Ashley will be allowed to provide written evidence to MPs investigating the collapse of BHS.

It was earlier revealed that the Sports Direct owner would be called before MPs to discuss why a rescue bid failed.

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