It’s no surprise that ASOS may be paying workers less than the legal minimum wage as well says GMB.
GMB called for ASOS CEO Nick Beighton to be questioned by MP's today following further revelations of unfair employment practices from the company at its online distribution site in Barnsley. (See notes for editors for previous GMB press releases about ASOS employment practices).
GMB members have reported that the online clothes retailer owe workers payment for hundreds of hours “flex time”, potentially leaving workers to be paid well under the national minimum wage.
The latest reports follow news last month that ASOS plan to step up security at the site by installing 300 additional security cameras to spy on workers 24/7. GMB members reported last week that increased car searches resulted in a union member being suspended for asking that the car search took place when they had finished eating lunch.
GMB members will meet outside ASOS at Barnsley today (Friday, 17 June 2016) to unveil a community sponsorship initiative to show its continued support to ASOS staff and the Barnsley community, but most importantly to show ASOS itself that GMB will not turn its back on those members and exploited workers within ASOS.
Joined by the GMB leader and newly appointed General Secretary Tim Roache, Regional Secretary Neil Derrick, TUC Regional Secretary Bill Adams and newly elected TUC Regional Chair Joanne Thomas, the union movement will stand United when unveiling the sponsorship of the roundabout directly outside ASOS.
Deanne Ferguson, GMB Regional Organiser, said "I wish I was surprised at these shocking findings but sadly I'm not. It's simply another means for ASOS to shaft its workers.
Poor working conditions, unregulated high pick rates, big brother style security surveillance, limited access to drinking water and use of toilets; It’s no surprise that ASOS may be paying workers less than the legal minimum wage as well.
Today, we call for Nick Beighton the CEO of ASOS to be questioned by MP's. Unless these unscrupulous employers are held to account for the exploitation of workers in this country, the Nick Beighton's and Mike Ashley's of the world will continue their abuse of workers and shoddy working practices.”
Contact: Deanne Ferguson on 07850919933 or 0345 337 7777 or Neil Derrick on 07958 156832
Notes to Editors
1 GMB press release dated Thursday, May 19, 2016
GMB Slams Asos Over Plans To Increase CCTV Monitoring Of Staff
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.”