Apple doesn’t just face unionizing efforts from its retail workers. The New York Times About 150 store workers reportedly went on strike for an hour on Tuesday after negotiations for better wages and working conditions reached an impasse. On Wednesday, they refused to offer a mix of services, including repairing AirPods and managing shipments.
The striking workers supported the unions and demanded a range of improvements, including higher wages and working hours with two consecutive days off. Apple, in talks with unions, had given employees a higher minimum wage of A$27.64 (approx. This group wants a wage of A$31 (US$19.53), which is about what American workers are paid. It’s also difficult to have weekends at the current schedule, workers said.
As in the US, there are allegations that Apple is using anti-union tactics. The association claims Apple interfered with union organizations that attempted to interview employees before negotiations. Apple reportedly tried to expedite a vote on the deal.
Apple has denied speeding up the vote, saying part-time workers can report availability of four days or more. You will also receive schedules two weeks in advance. In a statement to The timesthe iPhone maker claims it’s “among the highest paid” companies in Australia and has made “many” improvements to its benefits.
The strike and the refusal to work were spurred in part by industrial action in the United States. There, workers at a growing number of Apple Stores have tried to join unions, with varying degrees of success. Team members at a store in Towson, Maryland, managed to organize, but reports surfaced that Apple was allegedly withholding benefits while negotiations with the union took place. The company appeared to have raised anti-union issues at many stores, suggesting that formal representation could make matters worse. There is no certainty that American employees will go on strike like their Australian counterparts, but it is evident that the outcry is growing.
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