Employees at ASOS, the online clothing giant based in Barnsley, were briefed last month about the introduction of additional security measures across the site.
Employees are already subjected to a high security regime with CCTV cameras covering the distribution site and on-site security officers. Staff are searched when entering and leaving the building, before visiting the toilets and randomly whilst carrying out their shifts. ASOS has now told staff that CCTV cameras will be installed above each work-station.
Deanne Ferguson, GMB Organiser, said: “We first heard about these proposals when contacted by a GMB member within ASOS. They have genuine fears about data protection and feel they are giving up their privacy rights when setting foot onto the ASOS site.
ASOS has not even consulted with its own workers’ forum and offered very little explanation as to why the increase of CCTV is necessary. It appears to be another case of ASOS doing what they want when they want regardless of the impact on their employees.
No matter where you work or what nationality you are, you deserve to be treated with dignity and respect but this is something we see very little of within ASOS. This campaign is a direct challenge against ASOS and not Securitas or the security officers on site”.
The GMB has raised its concerns with ASOS but to date has not received a formal response. This is a fight we are not prepared to give up on for our members inside the ASOS distribution site.
This campaign is a direct challenge against ASOS and not Securitas or the security officers on site.
Contact Details: Deanne Ferguson Regional Officer GMB 07850919933 GMB Regional Office Caroline Jones 01924 887266