BARNSLEY East MP Stephanie Peacock has criticised retail giant ASOS for keeping its Barnsley distribution centre open – despite the company’s Camden-based employees being allowed to work from home.

Stephanie said the conditions at the Park Spring Road warehouse between Grimethorpe and Great Houghton – which employs thousands of people, many of them from the local area – also flouted government guidelines on social distancing.

“I have spoken to a number of concerned workers employed at the ASOS warehouse who feel their health is being put before profit in this national crisis,” she said.

“ASOS employs more than 4,000 workers in the UK. They shouldn't have to put theirs and their family’s wellbeing on the line for a paycheck.

“I have written to the chief executive expressing my concerns and will do all I can to make sure workers across Barnsley East are able to do their jobs in safe conditions.

“We should treat workers in London and the north the same.”

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