SPORTS DIRECT threatened to blacklist a young woman after a false allegation of a fraudulent transaction, a Unite delegate claimed yesterday.
Members at the union’s policy conference celebrated the union’s achievement in forcing the retail giant to acknowledge its Dickensian employment practices.
South-west delegate Andy Foster branded company boss Mike Ashley a “slippery, arrogant bully.”
And London delegate Maxine Loza warned that the company’s shocking treatment of staff went beyond its notorious Shirebrook warehouse in Derbyshire.
“My daughter started her first job in Sports Direct,” she said. “She’d been there for about three or four months when a transaction she’d processed came up as fraudulent.
“It had nothing to do with her. But they locked her in a room for two hours and threatened to blacklist her with Sports Direct shops and across the retail industry.
“What they didn’t know was that her mother was a Unite rep. She phoned me to say: ‘Mum, they’ve locked me in this room and threatened me with the police.’
“I went down and kicked down the door.”
She said her daughter had won a subsequent disciplinary case and had left the company for a better job elsewhere.