Angered at JD Sports? Time to get unionised – time to fight for socialism!

Angered at JD Sports? Time to get unionised – time to fight for socialism!

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JD Sports

A Channel 4 investigative report shown tonight has highlighted the horrendous working conditions faced by workers at JD Sports warehouses. The undercover reporter showed how workers are treated in an environment of Sports Direct proportions.

It was shown how workers face daily humiliation and extreme pressure through performance targets and aggressive management practices – being given warnings for having the wrong type of logos on their clothing, chewing gum or even wearing an unacceptable style of wrist watch!

The footage showed massive queues of workers waiting to leave the workplace in a huge queue before being searched by an airport security type system to ensure goods had not been stolen. Unsurprisingly workers were not paid for this meaning in effect they were being paid less than the minimum wage.

This is the nature of modern day capitalism. It is also a warning to all workers – this is how all of us would be treated if the capitalist class and their hirelings in government thought they could get away with it.

Trade unions urgently need to not only highlight these bad practices, they need to organise and prepare for a militant battle to win decent terms and conditions and workers rights in general. But we can’t leave it there. In an economy where profit is the driving force we are always going to be under attack. That is why we need a socialist transformation of society – let’s banish these horrors to the dustbin of history once and for all.

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Trade unionists protest in support of workers at Sports Direct

Trade unionists protest in support of workers at Sports Direct

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Protesting in Coventry

Trade unionists in Coventry organised a protest on Saturday morning against the employment practices of retailer Sports Direct.

Members of UNITE with other union activists assembled outside the store based at the Central Six shopping area to hand out leaflets and to urge shoppers to sign petitions in support of decent conditions for Sports Direct workers.

The UNITE leaflet highlights that ‘90% of the workforce at Sports Direct’s high street shops are employed on zero-hour contracts. They have no future, and no security whatsoever as they don’t know how many hours they will work from one week to the next, with no sick pay or holiday pay and no guarantee of work’

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Support Sports Direct workers!

Hundreds of leaflets were distributed to make people aware of what is taking place. In many ways the situation at Sports Direct is a glimpse of a potentially disastrous future for the majority of the workforce in the UK. This is where the Tories and the employers would like to take us. We need to fight to build and rebuild our trade union movement on militant and socialist lines, to not only campaign against the bosses and their unfair practices but also against this crisis ridden capitalist system.