UNIONS urged Sports Direct to put agency workers onto permanent contracts yesterday after one of the retail giant’s agencies filed for insolvency.
Transline said it was close to securing inward investment but has submitted court documents requesting administrators to protect its business.
Both the Yorkshire-based firm and a second agency, The Best Connection, have been caught up in the controversy over low pay and dire working conditions at Sports Direct’s warehouse in Shirebrook, Derbyshire.
Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner said: “Sports Direct must urgently move to put agency workers onto permanent contracts to bring security to the workforce and certainty to the business.
“Transline must not be allowed to dodge its responsibilities or the back pay it owes for non-payment of the minimum wage at Sports Direct.”
GMB’s Neil Derrick called Transline the “ugly face of the gig economy.
“Let’s hope the business model of making a quick buck on the back of hiring and firing people looking for work dies with them.”