The Business Committee has called on Sports Direct to reconsider their use of an employment agency to supply workers to its Shirebrook warehouse.

Workers at the company's base in Derbyshire are employed through two agencies, The Best Connection and Transline Group.

The Committee says The Transline Group employment agency lacked credibility while giving evidence to their Sports Direct inquiry.

Neither Mike Ashley nor the RPC report into working practices last week have explained why so many people at Shirebrook are employed through agencies, and why they are employed on short-term contracts, other than to reduce costs and avoid legal responsibility for their poor working conditions. If Sports Direct are going to become the Selfridges or John Lewis-style retailer which Mike Ashley has said he aspires them to be, then he needs to fix these poor contractual terms and make a real improvement to warehouse staff working conditions.

Chair of the BIS Committee, Iain Wright MP

The Committee’s report into employment practices at Sports Direct, raised concerns about the working conditions for agency workers.

As well as looking at the legality and fairness of voluntary schemes provided by both the agencies used.

It was reported last week that Transline are being investigated by the representative body, the Recruitment & Employment Confederation.

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