A protest rally will be held outside Sports Direct in Paisley today (THURS) over the zero-hours contracts the company is renowned for.


Members of the Renfrewshire Branch of the Scottish Socialist Party will be staging the rally from 11am.

Sports Direct has come under fire for its use of the contracts, which mean staff can have no minimum hours of work or any sick, holiday or redundancy pay.

Workers do not know from week to week how much they will earn. They can be fired with minimal notice and very few rights to claim unfair ­dismissal.

Sandra Webster, SSP candidate for Paisley & Renfrewshire South, said: "The local branch of the Scottish Socialist Party will be holding a small rally tomorrow outside of Sports Direct in Paisley in protest of the zero-hour contracts that the company is renowned for."

"The use of zero-hour contract, which exploit workers and attacks their employment rights, is now epidemic throughout the UK. Over 1.4 million workers in the UK are now employed on these exploitative contracts. At Sports Direct, a whopping 90% of their workforce are on zero hour contracts."

"These contracts exploit workers and attack their employment rights and must end. "

"We are calling on Sports Direct to end the exploitative practice of zero-hour contracts within their company."

More than one in ten employers are ­using such contracts, including JD Wetherspoon, Burger King, Domino's Pizza, and McDonald's.