Glasgow Apple Store staff seek to form UK’s first Apple union

Employees at Apple Stores in Glasgow have reportedly joined a union in Scotland and have applied for voluntary union recognition with Apple.

As the Glasgow Times reported on Friday:

Staff at the Apple Store in GLASGOW are about to make history by becoming the first UK store to unionise.

Workers at a handful of the tech giant’s US stores have in recent weeks demanded union recognition.

But workers here are leading the charge in the UK after applying for voluntary union recognition with Apple after joining GMB Scotland.

An anonymous worker said that the company’s staff in the UK found the forums to be “ineffective” and that “comments were ignored”. They described a “one-sided” conversation and said that workers suffering from the cost-of-living crisis needed a pay rise and transparency.

Glasgow workers said they were unhappy with the lack of pay transparency within the company as they would have been discouraged from discussing their personal pay with colleagues.

GMB Scotland’s John Slaven said workers “have shown extraordinary courage and resilience in organizing” and criticized Apple for speaking “the language of social justice” while offering low wages, unfair working hours and disrespect.

Shop staff reportedly earn around £12 an hour, although this can vary depending on position and experience, and they are demanding a pay rise if the union is recognised. GMB says most 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 give these workers the support they need to unionize at Apple” and urged Apple to listen to its workers.

ComoHow has contacted Apple for comment in response to this story.

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