ASOS ‘change contracts’ after investigation at South Yorkshire warehouse

The online retailer's distribution centre in Grimethorpe nearBarnsley
The online retailer's distribution centre in Grimethorpe nearBarnsley
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Online fashion giant ASOS has announced a change to its workers contracts in a South Yorkshire warehouse after an investigation appeared to reveal exploitative contracts and stressful working conditions, according to BuzzFeed.

The distribution centre in Grimethorpe near Barnsley operates 24 hours a day.

In the investigation workers said the flexible element of their contracts meant that shifts could be cancelled or hours of work could be added on with just five hours’ notice.

A letter has been sent to workers from the company who run the warehouse announcing changes so that the minimum notice given for a change in workers’ shifts will now be 24 hours, BuzzFeed claims.

Probation periods have also been reduced from six months to three.

The GMB union claims ASOS staff have reported facing invasive surveillance, random searches and limited toilet breaks at the company’s South Yorkshire distribution centre, run by XPO Logistics.

XPO have been contacted for comment.

Mark Holland, ASOS Supply Chain Director, with overall responsibility for the Barnsley warehouse, said: “I’ve managed facilities like Barnsley for 20 years. Anyone who thinks you can achieve productivity with the kind of behaviour being thrown at us is deluded.

"People are treated with respect, and they wouldn’t accept anything less. I believe what we are all achieving together at Barnsley should be recognised for the very good thing that it is”.