Monstrous ASOS profits come from putting workers at risk

Posted by GMB Admin
Sunday 4 October 2020
GMB Trade Union - Monstrous ASOS profits come from putting workers at risk

ASOS’s monstrous profits have come from putting workers at risk during the covid-19 pandemic.

The fast fashion giant today announced profits has risen a whopping 329%, in a bumper £141 Million payday for its shareholders.

ASOS continued trading throughout lockdown – when many competitors shut warehouses to keep workers – and the public – safe.

A GMB survey of 500 ASOS workers in March revealed 98% of them felt unsafe at work – saying they felt like ‘rats in a ‘cradle of disease’.

Then in May there was a suspected outbreak of Coronavirus the same warehouse.

Neil Derrick, GMB Regional Secretary, said:

“Let’s be clear - the way these monstrous profits have been made is immoral.

“These shareholders dividends come from risking the health of workers in the worst pandemic this country has seen since the Spanish Flu.

“It’s an almost Victorian work practice, where workers face real risk to their health or they don’t get paid.

“Asos should immediately use these profits to help implement a safer working environment and better PPE for their petrified staff.

“They should also reward their workers who have needlessly put their lives at risk by pumping this money into a pay rise, it is the very least they deserve”.

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