UNION GMB called on fashion retailer Asos yesterday “to do the right thing” by employing workers directly after it dumped a failing employment agency last week.
Transline supplied workers to Asos’s warehouse at Barnsley in Yorkshire, where union activists reported shocking working conditions.
Transline, which still owes Sports Direct staff millions in back pay after failing to give them the minimum wage, is in administration and has been axed by Asos.
The unions said that Asos should now employ the workers directly, with proper terms and conditions.
GMB regional secretary Neil Derrick said: “The employment agency industry is rife with bad practice, exploitation and corner-cutting — and it’s the worker who is bearing the brunt of the risk.”
He said Transline’s departure “must not be an excuse for employers to swap one agency with another.
“Not only would this be the right thing to do, it would make good business sense as well.”