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ASOS workers stage walkout citing poor safety amid coronavirus


ASOS workers stage walkout citing poor safety amid coronavirus

Employees of British online retail store ASOS reportedly staged a walkout on Monday in Barnsley, England, to protest poor working conditions amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

In a Facebook post, trade worker group GMB Union claimed that three ambulances were called Friday to an ASOS warehouse in Barnsley. The group also said workers cannot maintain social distancing and “are still not allowed to wear face masks.”

The union demanded that the workplace be made safe for the workers or that warehouses be closed. 

This is horrific. ASOS workers have told us the company’s warehouse in Barnsley was visited by three ambulances…

Posted by GMB Union on Saturday, March 28, 2020

One worker reportedly told GMB they feel the company, valued at $6.1 billion, is “playing roulette” with their lives.

On Monday, about 500 of ASOS’ 4,000 workers staged a walkout.

Meanwhile, #ASOSDoTheRightThing trended on Twitter, with many calling for the company to take responsibility. Some also threatened to boycott the retailer.

On Sunday, ASOS defended its decision to remain open and insisted warehouse operations have “appropriate safety measures in place.”

ASOS did not immediately respond to the Daily Dot’s request for comment.



H/T the Morning Star

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Last updated Mar 30, 2020, 1:55 pm

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