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Vote Leave: North East investment would not be jeopardised by Brexit

In response to David Cameron's visit to Hitachi Rail's Newton Aycliffe, vote leave supporters have said that the notion investment into the North East would be jeopardised by a vote to leave is 'ludicrous'.

John Elliott, chairman of local employer Ebac and Vote Leave supporter, said:

Hitachi came to the North East in order to supply the UK market with trains. That is not going to change if we leave the EU.

Hitachi's biggest client in the UK is the government, so it's no surprise they're dancing to their tune.

We've heard this all before. Large multinationals such as Nissan said they would leave if we didn't join the Euro, but they didn't.

Hitachi themselves have said all we need is a free trade deal with the EU, which we will have when we Vote Leave on 23 June.”

– John Elliott, chairman of local employer Ebac and Vote Leave supporter

PM arrives at Hitachi plant for EU speech

The Prime Minister has arrived at Hitachi's Newton Aycliffe train factory ahead of a speech he'll be giving on why Britons should vote to stay in the EU. He will be focussing on how jobs and the economy would be affected by a 'Brexit'.

Hitachi chairman Hiroaki Nakanishi recently said that although the firm was a serious long-term investor in the UK, a Brexit would force them to rethink their strategy in Europe.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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