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Labour: Mike Ashley's admissions 'deeply worrying'

Labour's Shadow Secretary of state for Business, Innovation and Skills, has said that Sports Direct's failure to pay minimum wage was 'shameful' and that there are 'systemic failings' in how the company handles employees.

Angela Eagle, who is also Labour's Shadow First Secretary of State, said:

It is shameful that such a large company has been exploiting workers by not paying them the minimum wage.

HMRC must investigate thoroughly and Sports Direct must compensate workers where they are found to have underpaid them.

It is also clear that there needs to be a major change in the culture and working practices at Sports Direct.

Mike Ashley’s admission that he cannot be responsible for everything that goes on in his company is deeply worrying.

Today’s Select Committee hearing has revealed a number of systematic failings in the employment practices at Sports Direct, and it is now vital that urgent steps are taken to address these.

– Angela Eagle MP

Unions accuse Ashley of 'defending the indefensible'

Union workers accused Mike Ashley of "defending the indefensible" during his evidence to MPs on work conditions and staff contracts at Sports Direct.

Mr Ashley admitted his firm had paid workers below the minimum wage and accepted that claims of mistreatment and poor working conditions showed the retail giant had "outgrown" him.

The Unite union attacked the tycoon on its Twitter account as his appearance at the Business Select Committee came to an end.

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