More flexibility planned: Apple plans to accommodate its employees in American stores. In the future, it will be easier to change working hours and Apple is said to have communicated internally that certain problematic shifts will have to be filled less frequently, according to a report. It is apparently an attempt by Apple to anticipate unionization among its employees.
Five Day Work Week
As the financial news agency Bloomberg writes, the minimum between starting work is now at least 12 hours instead of 10 previously. People working at Apple only have to work longer than 8 p.m. a maximum of three times a week. The maximum number of consecutive working days will be reduced from six to five (with possible exceptions on public holidays and new product launches). There are also improvements in the days off at the weekend, it said. Apple had previously increased the hourly rate of its US retail employees from a minimum of $20 to a minimum of $22.
The group’s management is currently using numerous means to prevent the establishment of union structures in its shopping department. The iPhone manufacturer trains store managers in the appropriate rhetoric, uses internal events for propaganda measures against unions, according to critics – and at the same time tries to reduce the “need” for employee representation by improving working conditions. The anti-attitude towards union organizing in turn clashes with the company’s social justice statements, which it represents in a public manner – while IT competitor Microsoft recently promised an “open and constructive approach” to employee representation.
Union election initially canceled
In Atlanta, where a union election was supposed to be held on Wednesday, employees canceled it. The organizers said they felt “intimidated” by Apple. Apple makes a “fair election impossible,” according to the Communications Workers of America (CWA), which actually wanted to work on site. According to the union, Apple has violated the National Labor Relations Act several times. She has filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board.
So far, attempts to form local union structures for Apple stores have not met with success. Apple’s retail and HR boss, Deirdre O’Brien, said in videos to employees, among other things, that unions didn’t keep an eye on employees’ interests and could ensure that “Apple’s opportunities to improve working conditions are slowed down”.
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