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Asos Working Practices Questioned as Labour’s Smith Seeks Probe

  • Opposition leadership candidate urges parliamentary inquiry
  • Company rejects allegations of unfair conditions for staff

U.K. opposition Labour Party leadership candidate Owen Smith called for an inquiry into working practices at Asos Plc, saying talks with unions left him concerned the retailer could be “the new Sports Direct."

In a letter Wednesday to Iain Wright, who heads Parliament’s Business Committee, Smith urged the panel to begin an inquiry into conditions at the online fashion retailer’s distribution center in Barnsley, northern England.