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Sports Direct

Sports Direct epitomise the zero-hour, zero-respect and zero-rights culture that faces many young workers today. We've simply had enough of employers who think it is acceptable to treat workers in this appalling manner - humiliating workers over a tannoy system, restricting toilet breaks, poor health & safety, leaving workers in fear of taking sick leave...the list goes on.

Thanks to the hard work of one of our Sister unions Unite, we forced Mike Ashley to abolish Zero hours contracts in the high street stores however there are still over 4,000 staff in the warehouses who may be kept on zero hours contracts. 

If you want to share your experience of working for Sports Direct please get in touch with us and help get rid of zero hours once and for all. 

 

Last year Unite Community and better than Zero teamed-up to organise a football flashmob outside Sports Direct's flagship store on Argyle street. 


The G1 Group

The G1 Group is Scotland's biggest hospitality firm. In 2015 they were fined by the HMRC for failure to pay 2895 staff the minimum wage. Alongside former G1 staff we took action against their most lucrative units in Glasgow, Edinburgh & Dundee throughout 2015/2016 with flashmobs, pickets and rallies. 

After 18 months of campaigning, senior management finally agreed to meet with us and put together an action plan to improve conditions for thousands of G1 staff. This included an end to charges for uniform and training, a replacement of zero-hours contracts with minimum-hour contracts and a commitment to 100% of tips going to staff through a transparent tronc system.

 

Throughout 2015/16 we took action outside G1 venues up and down the country in order to highlight exploitative working practices. 


Las iguanas

Las Iguanas have 18 restaurants across the country and are worth £85 million. In 2015, they introduced a policy which forced staff to pay back 3% of all takings to management meaning that many were having to pay this out their own minimum wages. Following a petition which gained almost 100,000 signatures, we took direct action against their units in Glasgow. Within 48 hours senior management announced they were to reverse the policy and staff would now receive 100% of tips.