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Castle Weekly News Round Up 10.1

Published 18 October 2015

Every week we find the best Employment, HR and Tribunal news that are making headlines in the UK.

Sports Direct site 'called ambulances dozens of times'

Ambulances were called out to the headquarters of one of Europe's largest sports retailers 76 times in two years, a BBC investigation found. Many of the calls, for workers at Sports Direct's complex at Shirebrook, in Derbyshire, were for "life-threatening" illnesses. Former workers said some staff were "too scared" to take sick leave because they feared losing their jobs.


IT firm Wipro accused of breeding culture of 'predatory' sexism

Male workers at the London office of one of the world's largest IT companies branded women colleagues "lesbians", visited strip clubs and were encouraged to have affairs, an employment tribunal heard on Tuesday. Shreya Ukil, 39, alleges she was subjected to a "deeply predatory, misogynistic culture" at Wipro, an India-based firm with more than 160,000 employees worldwide.


Right to be accompanied: bus company vetoed drivers’ union rep

In Eleftheriou and another v Arriva London North Ltd, the employment tribunal found that an employer’s veto on a trade union representative accompanying its employees to disciplinary or grievance hearings led to breaches of the right to be accompanied. Bus drivers Mr Eleftheriou and Mr Bowani wanted Mr McConville, an accredited trade union representative for the RMT, as their companion at disciplinary hearings.


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