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GMB Slams ASOS After Damning Buzzfeed Investigation

Thursday, September 29, 2016

GMB Slams ASOS After Damning Buzzfeed Investigation

These reports show that employment at ASOS is not only stressful, invasive, and deeply exploitative but is also hazardous to workers’ health says GMB

GMB has slammed ASOS following a damning report from Buzzfeed that highlighted the hazardous effects of working conditions at the company’s Barnsley distribution centre on the site of the old Grimethorpe colliery.

The investigation followed a GMB campaign that raised concerns from GMB members at the site over various health and safety issues including hot working conditions and a lack of access to water and toilets. ASOS staff are subject to unnecessary levels of surveillance with an increasing number of security cameras, frequent random searches and security checks between the warehouse floor and toilets.

GMB has written to the Business Select Committee asking for the site to be investigated.

Neil Derrick, GMB Regional Secretary, said:

“These reports show that employment at ASOS is not only stressful, invasive, and deeply exploitative but is also hazardous to workers’ health. Ignoring the concerns of GMB members has now become downright dangerous.

“Health and safety issues, round the clock, in-your-face surveillance, impossible targets and unfair contracts have created a damaging, anxiety-ridden workplace and our members have been under the cosh for too long.

“GMB calls on the Business Select Committee to investigate these incidents as a matter of urgency before any more harm can be done to the workforce at ASOS.”

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Contact: GMB press office on 07958 156846 or press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to Editors

1 GMB called on the Business Select Committee to launch an inquiry into ASOS work practices at TUC congress on Tuesday, 13 September 2016:

ASOS is 'the next Sports Direct' says GMB

http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/asos-is-the-next-sports-direct

2 The real cost of ASOS’s fast fashion (Buzzfeed)

https://www.buzzfeed.com/saraspary/these-asos-workers-are-paying-the-true-price-of-your-order?utm_term=.qgaRYWpK1b#.dl3v8w5RM

 

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