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Sports Direct board rejects chairman's offer of resignation

Keith Hellawell, pictured in 2002 Credit: PA

The board at Sports Direct have rejected chairman Keith Hellawell's offer of resignation over the weekend amid a damning report and claims of "Victorian" work practices and poor corporate governance at the firm.

"Dr Hellawell had offered to step down over the weekend in the light of the shortcomings highlighted in the report, but he will stay in his role in order to assist with making further improvements," Sports Direct said in a statement.

The news comes as majority shareholder Mike Ashley braces himself for a showdown with shareholders and unions at the company's annual general meeting (AGM) on Wednesday.


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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