As organizing work continues around the world in Apple Stores, a remarkable moment has occurred in Scotland. The Apple Store in Glasgow has become the first site in the UK where a majority of employees vote for union membership.
Last month we saw Apple file a lawsuit against the US Labor Council in New York and the second largest US retailer vote for a union, this time in Oklahoma.
As reported by The Herald, now the first Apple Store in the UK to officially start the unionization process is the Glasgow site.
In what has been called a ‘historic moment’ by union representatives, the Glasgow branch, Buchanan Street, of the US tech giant will now be organized after workers voted overwhelmingly to be represented by GMB Scotland. »
After negotiations, Apple reportedly recognized the vote “after many of its Glasgow employees joined GMB”.
The exact figures were not shared, but GMB organizer John Slaven called the vote “astounding for the size of the majority” who voted for the union.
What are they asking?
Apple Glasgow workers say a priority going forward as a union will be a pay rise from the current £12 hourly rate.
In response to the union and demand for a raise, an Apple spokesperson shared the following with The Herald:
“We have a longstanding commitment to providing an excellent experience for our customers and our teams.
Apple is one of the highest grossing retailers in Scotland and we have regularly upgraded our cutting edge benefits as part of the overall support we provide to our valued team members.
The Herald also reports that Apple workers elsewhere in the UK are studying the unionization process and that other Scottish Apple workers are hoping to join the GMB union.
We will also keep an eye on how the Apple Store organizes efforts around the world.
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