Company closed stores after backlash against plan to stay open – but salaried staff say they are still forced to travel to work
The Sports Direct chain is forcing salaried staff to travel into work as usual – in spite of a u-turn today to close its stores after initially planning to stay open in spite of lock-down instructions.
The government has told workers to stay home if possible, to reduce crowding and social interactions and the rate of new infections. But the company has told salaried store managers that they have to go to work if they want to get paid.
One manager told the SKWAWKBOX
Hourly-paid staff don’t have to go to work, but we’ve been told that we have to go in from 8am to 6pm each day. So we have to travel to work during rush hours as usual, with the risk of getting infected or spreading it to others.
This is putting us and our families in danger – and other people too. It’s shocking.
Staff are also concerned that the company’s mixed approach to staff attendance may prevent those who are not working from being eligible for support for ‘furloughed’ workers wrung from the government by Labour and the unions.
Sports Direct was contacted for comment but did not respond. The company only provides an email address for media enquiries.
Matt Hancock told MPs today that fines would be levied on companies contravening the lock-down rules.
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