DICK TURPIN will take to the highway on Monday in a protest outside the offices of an agency which supplies workers to rip-off employer Sports Direct.
The notorious highwayman will accuse the employment agencies running Sports Direct’s Shirebrook warehouse in Derbyshire of “daylight robbery” during the demonstration outside The Best Connection’s offices in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.
Singing a specially adapted version of the Adam and the Ants hit Stand and Deliver, protesters will be led by Turpin and his trusty steed Black Bess through the streets of Chesterfield to the agency’s offices, where volunteers will be held up by the highwayman and robbed of their wages.
The protest is being organised by the Unite union, which has been leading a campaign against “shameful” work practices at Sports Direct.
Unite regional officer Luke Primarolo said: “Workers employed by Sports Direct through The Best Connection and Transline are being subjected to daylight robbery.
“Not only have these employment agencies broken the law by failing to pay their staff properly, they are skimming money off workers’ low wages through an ‘insurance service’ scam and by ‘taxing’ them to access their hard-earned cash.
“This shameful money-grabbing behaviour, combined with a ‘six strikes and you’re out’ rule, exposes the exploitative work practices being used by The Best Connection and Transline at Sports Direct’s warehouse.”
In addition to the main demonstration in Chesterfield, Unite and its supporters will also protest on Monday outside Transline’s offices in Nottingham and in Brighouse, West Yorkshire.