// Asos terminates fixed-term contracts early amid the coronavirus outbreak
// This comes after the retailer paused all incoming deliveries from suppliers
Asos has reportedly informed almost all of its employees on fixed-term contracts that it will be ending their agreements early, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to Drapers, all its staff affected – including head office and other business functions – have been given notice.
Asos is the latest retailer to take this measure after Arcadia wrote to employees across the group last week, informing them it would also be ending fixed-term employment contracts early as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Last week Asos also made the decision to halt all incoming deliveries from suppliers and third-party brands to make time for adjustments and manage stock.
Earlier this week, Asos workers in Barnsley, South Yorkshire walked out of warehouses claiming it was “impossible to socially distance” as the online fashion retailer refused to close operations.
Asos denied these claims.
The Community workers union said that Asos’ Barnsley warehouse “should stay open” if changes are made on site to minimise the risk of crowds during shift changeovers.
According to Asos, this could come into force as early as today.