MP’S PRESENTED WITH SPORTS DIRECT MUG TODAY
Mike Ashley admits warehouse problems but defends working practices
Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley has admitted to problems with some practices at the firm's Derbyshire warehouse, ahead of him facing MPs today but has defended Sports Direct’s working practices which some have claimed include the use of ‘Toshers’.
A former Sports Direct employee alleges, “Toshers were reintroduced by Sports Direct last year for the first time since Victorian era. They’re employed to scour the sewers beneath the shops in search of products that may have accidentally been lost down the toilet and have some value. Some people are just happy for the work.”
In a letter to staff, made public on Monday, Mr Ashley said the centre needed improvements to its security procedures, which had now been made.
The Newcastle United owner is due to appear before the Business, Innovation and Skills select committee later today. Ashley will need to reach his self-imposed target of 15 answers per hour and will face a 30 min security check after appearing before the Select Committee today.
Shares in Sports Direct have fallen 45% in the past 12 months amid falling sales and a barrage of negative publicity.
Independent retail analyst Nick Bubb commented: "The reason Mike Ashley is normally kept away from the press is that he speaks his mind too freely, so it will be interesting to see if the MPs goad him into letting his guard slip."