Responding to requests for comment on the ongoing operations at the ASOS warehouse run by XPO in Barnsley, a spokesperson for Community the recognised union, which represents over 2,000 workers at the site, said:
“We have been working with our members and the company for weeks to make improvements to the way the site operates, including introducing PPE and a new cleaning regime. We have been on site all day yesterday and have been there again today listening to our members’ concerns and instructing the company to take further action to improve safety, particularly around shift changes. If these changes cannot be implemented effectively and rapidly, then they should cease operating.
“There are clearly issues across the sector, and the government needs a sector-wide approach, which would also include the operations of delivery companies. It’s the unions’ role to ensure employers make workplaces safe and if they’re not, they shouldn’t be continuing operations.”