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Asos bosses were confronted by protesters from union GMB today over allegations of poor working conditions at the online retailer’s Barnsley warehouse.
GMB held a “catwalk of shame” outside the firm’s Mornington Crescent headquarters in Camden ahead of its annual meeting with shareholders.
The union called on Asos to respect its workers after media reports that Barnsley staff work in “highly pressured” conditions and often go without regular loo or water breaks.
Asos has called the claims “inaccurate” and “misleading”, insisting it takes the welfare of all staff “very seriously”.
MPs have promised to investigate and Asos boss Nick Beighton offered to host the House of Commons Business, Innovation, and Skills select committee at the warehouse.
The GMB has been running a campaign at the Barnsley depot for more than a year, recruiting Asos staff, and last week launched a whistle- blower hotline.
Regional secretary Neil Derrick said today: “Asos trumpets its claim to produce fashion with integrity — but they don’t seem so bothered about conditions in Barnsley.
“Fashions may change — but not treating workers with respect is never a good look.”