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Founder and majority shareholder Mike Ashley said in a video statement that he would put a workers' representative on its board.
Amid heated exchanges at the annual general meeting this morning, Mr Ashley clashed with members of Unite, blaming the union for the businesses problems.
In response to Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner said:
Mr Ashley also criticised an independent shareholder for not declaring that she had links to Unite when she asked a question.
He said there also needed to be more transparency from the unions if they were to begin working together more closely.
The boss of Sports Direct has pledged to end zero hours contracts for shop staff and says he doesn't see it as a negative for anyone.
The company sent an interview with Mike Ashley this evening in which he says "there's no reason why this wasn't put in years ago."
The retailer has also agreed to pay all workers in its Derbyshire-based warehouse above the minimum wage.
The announcement came today after the firm faced criticism over working conditions.
Controversial retailer Sports Direct has pledged to end zero hours contracts for retail staff and pay all workers in its Derbyshire-based warehouse above the minimum wage.
Unions have described conditions at the firm's headquarters in Shirebrook as 'Dickensian', with staff working in a culture of fear, facing regular searches and punishments for taking too many breaks.
In response to the allegations the company called in a private firm to review the retailers working practices, and today the changes to terms for hours and pay were announced.
However today's move does not apply to thousands of agency workers employed by the company.
ITV News Central tried to contact Sports Direct today but they didn't want to comment. We are due to talk to officials tomorrow at the company's headquarters in Shirebrook. Chris Halpin reports.
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