In a Friday report, the Glasgow Times stated: The employees of the GLASGOW Apple store are ready to become the first in the United Kingdom to unionize.
A small number of employees at Apple’s American offices have sought for union registration in the last few weeks.
In contrast, workers in the United Kingdom have already filed for Voluntary Union Recognition with Apple after joining the GMB Scotland union.
An unnamed firm employee said that forums used by UK employees were “ineffective” and that “criticism is ignored.” They characterized a “one-way” communication and stated that workers experiencing a cost-of-living crisis required a salary increase and greater openness.
Workers in Glasgow have expressed their dissatisfaction with the company’s lack of pay transparency, which they claim has deterred them from discussing their wages with their coworkers.
Scotland’s GMB Scotland’s John Slaven claimed that workers “had showed amazing courage and tenacity to organize themselves” and chastised Apple for speaking “the language of social justice” while providing low pay, uneven shift patterns, and a lack of respect to its employees.
According to the law in the United Kingdom, employees who want to create a union must first be recognized by their employer, and they must do so willingly. The union can then be accepted or rejected by an employer. Workers can seek Central Arbitration Committee statutory recognition if their employer (like Apple) has more than 21 employees. Apple has ten working days to respond to the request. Even whether Apple accepts or rejects the proposal, the company might still refuse to recognize the union and still agree to negotiate. As long as 10 percent of those seeking to create a union are currently members of GMB and can show that they are the majority, the CAC will approve their application.
Union recognition would allow workers in the business to demand a pay increase of around £12 an hour, however this varies depending on their function and experience. Most employees are now GMB members, and other UK retailers have inquired about their services as well. MB’s Scottish secretary said, “MB’s aim is to make work better and we are glad to give these workers the support they need to unionize in Apple,” and asked Apple to listen to its workers.
Apple provided iMore with the following statement in response to this story:
“We are extremely fortunate to have a team of retail employees who offer so much value to Apple. In addition to competitive pay and benefits, every member of our team receives a generous share of our company’s profits in the form of annual stock awards, increased parental leave, and other perks.”