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29 Mär 2020

Peter Lazenby, The Morning Star

UK: 500 ASOS warehouse workers walk out amid concerns over social distancing enforcement; Incl. company comments

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"500 workers walk out of Asos factory after company fails to enforce social distancing", 

ASOS warehouse workers in Yorkshire have walked out because they cannot keep a safe space between each other in line with government instructions on social distancing.

The walkout... involved 500 workers at the online fashion retailer’s warehouse... outside Barnsley.

GMB organiser Deanne Ferguson said: “The situation at Asos is disgusting: thousands of people under one roof, not enforcing social distancing. “It looks exactly like a hotbed of infection and workers are very scared.

“Asos needs to put people before profits and make sure workers are the right distance apart and paid properly if they need to take time off. “Anything else is putting unnecessary lives at risk.”

Asos denied the union’s claims, its bosses insisting they were “striking the right balance” between keeping the warehouse open for the good of employees and the economy and maintaining the health and safety of staff...