On Friday 24th March, Michael joined a delegation of local MPs to visit the XPO/ASOS distribution centre in his constituency.
Michael hosted Labour colleagues Dan Jarvis MP, Angela Smith MP, Caroline Flint MP and Louise Haigh MP.
They toured the site to see the distribution centre in action and met with staff and management. They also met staff who are members of the Community Union, the trade union that has recently been recognised by the company.
This visit followed a meeting Michael had in Westminster on the 14th March with representatives from the GMB union, including General Secretary, Tim Roache, to discuss working conditions at ASOS.
Commenting Michael said:
“The XPO/ASOS distribution centre is a massive employer in the Barnsley East constituency and they are a hugely successful global company. It was great to see their continued considerable investment in the area.
"It was also good to meet with workers at the site - without the the supervision of management - where we had a frank conversation about working conditions. The staff were frustrated and indeed angry at what they felt was some of the unfair and absurd nonsense that it is reported outside the site about alleged working conditions for employees. But they acknowledged there was room for improvement, particularly around the issue of 'flex', and I was pleased to see that there are ongoing changes and conversations to further improve things. Myself and the other local MPs are determined to see that happen."