Anorak

Anorak News | Sports Direct: human rights and Mike Ashley’s legal redress

Sports Direct: human rights and Mike Ashley’s legal redress

by | 26th, July 2016

Former BBC staffer Paul Mason is making some sort of point about Sports Direct and Newcastle United FC tycoon Mike Ashley and his underlings:

What is striking, when you consider the modern reality of precarious work and coercive management, is how the concept of human rights stops at the factory gate.

Human rights?

 

Paul Mason sports direct

 

The workers of Georgian England had no democratic rights or access to law. But the 21st century is supposed to be an age of universal rights. Every one of the practices described at Sports Direct appears to not just have broken employment law, but also violated the human right of the citizen not to be bullied, shamed, endangered or sexually harassed.

So things are better now because there are laws and human rights. Sports Direct’s working practises¬†can be tested in a court of law. The workers have redress. Things are much improved. So what exactly is Mason’s point?

Spotter: Guardian



Posted: 26th, July 2016 | In: Broadsheets, Money, Reviews Comment | TrackBack | Permalink