Sports Direct have suffered a legal defeat after a sacked worker took the company, owned by billionaire Mike Ashley, to court over their abuse of zero-hour contracts. Sports Direct have been forced to admit that their zero-hour jobs do not actually provide any guaranteed work whatsoever, and they will now advertise this fact in future. Youth Fight for Jobs has targeted Sports Direct with protests up and down the country over the last year.
Ian Pattison, Youth Fight for Jobs
Sports Direct also say they will now provide staff with their legal rights to holidays and sick pay. David Cameron, George Osborne, and other leading millionaire Tories are too confused to explain how unemployment is down at the same time that wages are falling. But what the millionaires can’t add up is obvious to the millions who have been suffering under brutal austerity and rising use of zero-hour contracts for years.
Zero-hour contracts destroy jobs
All the main political parties have defended the use of zero-hour contracts, and refused to have them banned. Despite Sports Direct’s legal defeat, over 90% (20,000 workers) of staff will continue to be employed on zero-hour contracts. The best antidote to exploitation in the workplace is strong well organised trade unions.
Youth Fight for Jobs works closely with the Bakers, Food, and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) in the Fast Food Rights campaign. Fast Food Rights next big protest will be Friday 21st November (2 days after students will march for free education) as we lobby Parliament when they discuss zero-hour contracts. Zero-hour contracts must be scrapped, and all workers deserve a living wage of at least £10/hr.
Fast Food Rights protest
Friday 21st November
Parliament, Old Palace Yard
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