It has been confirmed that ASOS working conditions will be investigated by MPs after allegations of bad practices at an ASOS warehouse near Barnsley were made. Security measures at the online retailer’s warehouses have allegedly intensified to the extent that workers are regularly made to remove their shoes for checks and are searched upon entering the toilets. Trade union GMB has called on Parliament’s Business, Innovation and Skills Committee to investigate the claims as “a matter of urgency”.
The report also claims that workers are prohibited from taking regular breaks, as a result of fears of missing daily targets. Some workers have also had their contracts terminated after falling ill at work or suffering from panic attacks. MP Ian Wright, the chairman of the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee, which led the probe into working practices at Sports Direct labelled the debate around working conditions at ASOS as “depressingly familiar”. ASOS and logistics company XPO, who runs the distribution centre, have denied all allegations.