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Glasgow Apple store staff seeking to form Apple’s first UK union

Apple store workers in Glasgow have reportedly joined a trade union in Scotland and have filed for Voluntary Union Recognition with Apple.

As reported by Glasgow Times Friday:

GLASGOW Apple store staff are about to make history by becoming the first branch in the UK to unionise.

Workers at a handful of the technology giant’s American shops have applied in recent weeks for union recognition.

But workers here are leading the charge in the UK having filed for Voluntary Union Recognition with Apple after joining GMB Scotland.

One anonymous worker said UK staff at the company have found forums “ineffectual” and that “feedback is ignored.” They described a “one-way” conversation and said that workers suffering with the cost-of-living crisis needed a pay rise and transparency.

Workers in Glasgow said they have been unhappy with a lack of pay transparency within the company, having reportedly been discouraged from discussing their personal pay with colleagues.

GMB Scotland’s John Slaven said that workers ” have shown tremendous courage and resilience to organize themselves” and slammed Apple for speaking “the language of social justice” while offering workers low pay, unfair shift patterns, and a lack of respect.

Staff in the store reportedly earn around £12 an hour, although this can vary across roles and experience, and are seeking a pay rise should the union be recognized. GMB says the majority of workers are now members and they have seen inquiries 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 in Apple” and urged Apple to listen to its workers.

iMore has reached out to Apple for comment in response to this story.

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