Big greedy corporations taking from some of the poorest in society; its one of the worst inequalities in our society. But it would seem that when the corporation is owned by one of Britain’s richest men, Mike Ashley, HMRC are willing to turn a blind eye to the problem…
The Guardian recently revealed that staff at Sports Direct warehouses are being effectively underpaid by 20 pence an hour. It doesn’t sound like much, but to some of the poorest in society this amount is vitally important. This vile and despicable behaviour is said to be saving the company millions of pounds a year, which inevitably ends up in profits shared around to wealthy stock investors and, of course, the founder of the business, who is incidentally valued at around 5.5 billion US dollars.
What, perhaps, is more shocking and disgusting is that HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) are refusing to investigate this issue, being quoted as saying that they will only do this if there is sufficient public interest. It seems unbelievable that HMRC do not feel that there would be significant public interest; I don’t think that there is any one person in our society who would wish for this to be left without investigation.
It has been revealed that Sports Direct manage to pay less than the minimum wage through a series of despicable measures. To start with, if anyone is at all late for their shift, they are docked a minimum of half an hour’s wage. This sort of practise is illegal. According to undercover reporters, there are also long periods of time at the end of shifts where staff have to wait to be searched for any stolen wares, during which the staff are not paid.
It seems awful that in this day and age those in greatest need are abused by capitalism and rejected support by public agencies. This failure to support our society is a major problem, yet there seems little drive to put a stop to this. Is this the consensus of our society, or are government agencies failing to listen to us? And how, if at all, can we overcome this? Add your thoughts to the comments section below.