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ASOS Unveils Luxury Perks For London

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Fast fashion chief Nick Beighton plans concierge service, wellness room and bar for HQ staff.

ASOS Chief Exec Nick Beighton has unveiled luxurious perks for staff in ‘special’ London, while workers in Yorkshire are denied basic rights.

The fast fashion boss - who recently suffered a humiliating AGM revolt when a third of voting shareholders opposed plans for huge bonuses and share awards for ASOS executives - revealed plans for opulent “non-work related” treats at ASOS HQ – including a concierge service, wellness room, bar and cinema.

Meanwhile workers in Grimethorpe report ‘shocking’ conditions, including multiple security checks each day (including to and from the toilet), the use of flex contracts that leave staff unsure how many hours they will work each week and a reliance on agency work in the former mining village.

Outlining plans to hire 1,500 more staff at ASOS head office, Beighton told the Evening Standard London is “pretty special” and “the best place for us”. [1]

Neil Derrick, GMB Yorkshire Regional Secretary, said:

“Nick Beighton has made it abundantly clear he loves London – but what about the thousands of workers in Yorkshire who make fast fashion a reality?

“His insensitivity in unveiling a series of perks for office based workers in London, while in Barnsley people work in shocking conditions, is absolutely breath-taking.

“Staff yoga centres and boozers are all very well – I'm sure some of his Barnsley workers would enjoy an after work pint too - but I'd put money on them opting for secure jobs, decent pay and a bit of dignity in the workplace first and foremost.

“London maybe ‘pretty special’ – but so is Barnsley - and this unfair treatment just highlights the gaping north/south divide for ASOS workers."

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Notes to editors:

For more information, contact Neil Derrick on 07958156832 or at neil.derrick@gmb.org.uk

[1] http://www.standard.co.uk/business/asos-to-hire-1500-in-london-as-it-revamps-camden-headquarters-a3418256.html

Previous press releases:

http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/asos-slammed-gmb

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

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

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

http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/buzzfeed-asos-report http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/Asos-coining-it-in

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

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

 

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