A large number of Apple employees in Australia are considering going on strike during the upcoming Christmas season in order to demand better working conditions and wages.
Brisbane: A large number of Apple employees in Australia are considering going on strike during the upcoming Christmas season in order to demand better working conditions and wages, and union leaders and employees believe that their strike will undoubtedly have an impact on the iPhone company’s sales and services in the country.
Members of Australia’s Retail and Fast Food Workers Union (RAFFWU) are demanding that Apple Inc. fix rosters, set hours of work, two-day weekends, and an agreed-upon annual wage increase.
According to Josh Cullinan, secretary of the RAFFWU, “this Christmas strike is a way for our members to take back their time with family and friends while management continues to refuse to give workers the most basic minimum rostering rights.” Cullinan also said management would be notified of the strike’s intent on Monday.
Early this week, attempts were made to bring management to the negotiating table but failed because Apple refused to meet until February, he claimed.
Striking workers would walk out of Apple’s retail shops at 3 pm (0400 GMT) on December 23 and stay absent during Christmas Eve, normally a peak time for sales of Apple iPhones, watches, and other products.
The action will go all over the country, but its effect will be the biggest at two retail shops in Brisbane; and one each in Adelaide and Newcastle, where the RAFFWU has the most members.
An Apple spokesperson refused to discuss negotiations but stated that the company was ready to reward our valuable team members in Australia with better perks.
“What we have ended up with at Apple is an arrangement in which all non-mandatory benefits that allow workers to have a work-life balance have been removed.”