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ASOS 'Catwalk of Shame'

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Union’s action outside company’s AGM in London draws attention to plight of workers in the company's distribution centre.

GMB, the union for ASOS workers, launched a ‘catwalk of shame’ outside ASOS' headquarters this morning to draw attention to shocking reports of conditions in the company’s Barnsley warehouse.

'Models' strutted up and down a red carpet in front of the fast fashion retailer’s London HQ ahead of the company's annual general meeting, brandishing placards calling on the retailer to "Respect ASOS Workers".

GMB’s initiative follows investigations by both Buzzfeed [1] and the BBC [2] which exposed allegations of poor working practices and exploitative contracts at the company’s Barnsley distribution centre.

The union distributed a workers' AGM report to shareholders ahead of this morning's meeting.

ASOS has seen its profits double from £15.7 million to £30.3 million as published in their last accounts.

GMB has been running a campaign at the warehouse - the site of the old Grimethorpe colliery – since August 2015 supporting and recruiting members at the gates, and sponsoring the roundabout outside the site.

Last week GMB marked Black Friday by launching a whistle blower hotline for workers at the Barnsley depot.

Neil Derrick, GMB Regional Secretary said:

“We hope GMB's catwalk of shame will help spread the message about the conditions workers endure at the ASOS warehouse in Barnsley.

“This is a billion pound, global, thriving company which can afford to respect the workers it built its vast empire on the backs of.

“ASOS trumpets it's claim to produce fashion with integrity – but they don’t seem so bothered about conditions in Barnsley.

“Fashions may change – but failing to treat your workers with respect is never a good look."

ENDS

Notes to editors

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

Link to high res pictures here: http://bit.ly/2fIDU61

[1] http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/unpaid-hours-at-asos

[2] http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/no-to-cctv-increase-at-asos

[3] http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/asos-barnsley-needs-better-pay-and-conditions

[4] http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/newsroon/asos-whistleblowing-helpline.html

http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/newsroom/asos-treat-your-workers-with-respect.html

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