Sports Direct protest

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A PROTEST was held to object to a retailer’s alleged mistreatment of its staff.

Activists teamed up with charity War on Want to hold demonstrations around the country on Saturday.

The protest outside Sports Direct Havant branch

The protest outside Sports Direct Havant branch

A crowd gathered outside Sports Direct at Solent Retail Park, Havant, from 11.30am until 1,30pm.

They were objecting to the company’s working conditions and use of zero-hour contracts.

Unison member Sheree Earnshaw said: ‘We are trying to get the government to get rid of zero-hour contracts.’

Councillor Beryl Francis, who represents Warren Park on Havant Borough Council, was also at the demo.

She said: ‘It is appalling that there are so many people who fear for their jobs due to zero-hour contracts. They are very badly treated. We are here to make people aware.’