Glasgow Apple Store staff join union and demand Apple recognize them

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The majority of Apple Glasgow workers joined the GMB Scotland union and applied to Apple under the country’s voluntary union organizing rules.

Employees at Apple Stores across the United States continue to push for unionization, despite anti-union pressure from Apple. Now, according to Glasgow evening hoursApple Glasgow workers have joined the GMB union.

GMB and the workers subsequently asked Apple to be recognized as the union representing the store. Under UK law, an employer can be asked to voluntarily recognize a union, or recognition can come from the company regularly negotiating with union leaders.

So while GMB claims to have the majority of Apple Glasgow staff among its members, the store has yet to be officially considered unionized.

“GMB’s mission is to make work better and we’re delighted to be giving these workers the support they need to unionize at Apple,” said Louise Gilmour, GMB Scottish Secretary. “Times are changing for big tech companies; in the grip of the biggest cost of living crisis in 40 years, they need to start practicing what they’ve been preaching about corporate social responsibility for years.”

“So rather than fight the inevitable,” Gilmour continued, “Apple needs to listen to its workers, respect their desire to organize, and work with our representatives to make it happen, because that drive for recognition doesn’t end .”

Apparently Apple Glasgow retail staff make 12 ($15) an hour. Workers at the store say low wages, unfair working hours and a lack of pay transparency have prompted the move towards unionization.

“In the UK, Apple has employee forums, but these continually prove ineffective and feedback is ignored,” an anonymous worker told The Daily Mail. Glasgow evening hours. “It’s a one-way conversation.”

“We need our own reps and a proper voice to change things,” the employee continued. “People are suffering from the cost of living crisis. We need a pay rise, pay transparency and a voice.”

An Apple spokesperson told the publication, “We are blessed with incredible members of the retail team and deeply appreciate all they bring to Apple.”

“We are delighted to offer very strong compensation and benefits,” the spokesperson continued, “including private health care, enhanced parental leave, paid family leave, annual equity grants and many other benefits for each member of the team.”

Now officially known as GMB, the union was formed through multiple mergers over the decades. Prior to adopting the name GMB, it was known as the General, Municipal, Boilermakers and Allied Union (GMBATU).

Separately, Apple’s head of retail and human resources, Deirdre O’Brien, has been outspoken in her anti-union messages to workers in the United States.