No matter where you work or what nationality you are, you deserve to be treated with dignity and respect but this is something we see very little of within ASOS says GMB.
GMB commented today (Thursday 19th May) on news that ASOS employees working at the company’s warehouse in Barnsley will be subject to additional security measures across the site. (See notes to editors for previous GMB press releases about Asos).
Employees already operate under a high security standard with CCTV cameras covering the distribution site and on-site security officers. Staff are also searched when entering and leaving the building, before visiting the toilets and randomly whilst carrying out their shifts. ASOS has now told staff that CCTV cameras will be installed above each workstation.
GMB has raised its concerns with ASOS but has not received a formal response. The campaign is a direct challenge against ASOS and not Securitas or the security officers on site.
Deanne Ferguson, GMB Regional Organiser, said: “We first heard about these proposals when contacted by a GMB member within ASOS. They have genuine fears about data protection and feel they are giving up their privacy rights when setting foot onto the ASOS site.
ASOS has not even consulted with its own workers’ forum and offered very little explanation as to why the increase of CCTV is necessary. It appears to be another case of ASOS doing what they want when they want regardless of the impact on their employees.
No matter where you work or what nationality you are, you deserve to be treated with dignity and respect but this is something we see very little of within ASOS.”
Contact: Deanne Ferguson on 07850 919933 or Caroline Jones on 01924 287266 or GMB Press Office on 07970 863411 or 07739 182691
Notes to editors
1 GMB press release dated Friday, August 28, 2015
GMB Step Up Campaign To Improve Pay, Terms And Working Conditions For Members At Barnsley Distribution Centre Of ASOS Online Retailer
Profits have doubled from £15.7 million to £30.3 million yet employees are forced to work in draconian conditions on a daily basis says GMB
GMB is stepping up a campaign at giant online retailer ASOS in a bid to highlight and address poor working conditions for members at the Barnsley distribution centre. From the 1.1m sq ft distribution centre in Barnsley ASOS supply consumers in more than 240 countries.
Deanne Ferguson, GMB organiser, said “Last April Nick Robertson OBE founder and CEO of ASOS was one of 103 bosses who called in the national media to vote for the Tory Party in the general election.
GMB responded that ASOS is against workers having rights and is just a really bad employer.
Members at the Barnsley site have had constant issues with health and safety eg hot working conditions, lack of access to water, etc. There is a huge turnover of agency staff, zero hours contracts where workers can be sent home or called in when not on shift.
The company has seen profits double from £15.7 million to £30.3 million as published in their last accounts, yet employees are forced to work in draconian conditions on a daily basis.
GMB has requested that ASOS meet as a matter of urgency to discuss members’ concerns about health and safety and poor working conditions, but the company has refused.
Profit should not come at the price of workers’ terms and conditions; neither should it be at the price of poor health and safety. Our message to workers at ASOS is simple, only if you join GMB will you see improvements within ASOS.
We are urging anyone who has not yet joined GMB who works at ASOS to do so, in order that we can improve pay and terms and working conditions on site. We give a commitment to ensure that health and safety issues and other bad working practices are addressed.
We will do business with ASOS in public until such time as the company chooses to do business in private by recognizing the rights of their employees to trade union representation.”