CONCERNS have been raised over working conditions at the ASOS warehouse in Grimethorpe.
Labour leadership candidate Owen Smith claims the warehouse could be the “new Sports Direct”, in reference to the sports retailer's recent troubles over poor working practices.
Mr Smith says in a letter to Ian Wright, Chair of the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee, that staff are employed on "sub-zero hour contracts, where workers face little to no notice of the hours they're expected to work."
He also claims that "staff there are having to face invasive surveillance, limited access to toilet facilities and random searches during lunch breaks."
He added: "These practices have no place whatsoever in any workforce and they need rooting out.
“I am concerned that the company is the new Sports Direct.”
However, ASOS has hit back at the claims.
A spokesperson said: “We work incredibly hard with warehouse managers XPO to create a positive, supportive, healthy working environment for the team in Barnsley.
“As we have now said on the record several times before – we don’t do zero-hours contracts, people can take toilet and water breaks whenever they want.”