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- An Apple store in Scotland plans to unionise.
- Employees of the Apple Store in Glasgow have joined GMB Scotland and applied for voluntary union recognition.
- A worker said staff in the UK had been ignored and planned to seek greater pay transparency and a pay rise.
Employees of Apple stores in Glasgow have reportedly joined a union in Scotland and applied for voluntary union recognition with Apple.
As reported by the Glasgow Times on Friday:
An anonymous worker said the company’s UK staff found the forums ‘ineffective’ and ‘comments were being ignored’. They described a “one-sided” conversation and said workers suffering from the cost of living crisis needed a pay rise and transparency.
John Slaven of GMB Scotland said workers “have shown extraordinary courage and resilience in organising” and criticized Apple for speaking “the language of social justice” while offering low wages, unfair working hours and lack of respect.
Under UK law, employees wishing to form a union must be recognized by their employer in order to be able to bargain and must apply for recognition voluntarily. An employer can then agree to either recognize the union or reject it. If an employer has more than 21 employees (like Apple), workers can file for legal recognition with the Central Arbitration Board. Apple has 10 business days to respond to the request. In addition to rejecting or accepting the request, Apple can also refuse to recognize the union while agreeing to negotiate. If workers trying to form a union approach the CAC, they only need 10% union membership and proof of a majority, which GMB says it already has.
Store staff reportedly earn around £12 an hour, although this can vary by role and experience, and are demanding a pay rise if the union is recognised. GMB says the majority of workers are now members and have seen requests from other UK stores. The body’s Scottish secretary said “MB’s mission is to make work better and we are delighted to be giving these workers the support they need to unionize at Apple” and urged Apple to listen to its workers.
In response to this story, Apple provided the following statement to iMore: