Fledgling union’s Apple membership drive bears fruit after ongoing motion

Australia’s fledgling retail union’s ongoing motion in opposition to Apple has borne fruit, with its membership within the tech big’s retail shops growing 10-fold in three months.

The Retail and Quick Meals Staff Union’s membership in Apple shops has been essentially the most industrially energetic of all employees, with massive numbers strolling off the job to protest exterior Brisbane and Newcastle shops final month.

Apple employees strolling off the job in Brisbane final month.Credit score:Pete Wallis

Elsewhere, RAFFWU membership is thinner on the bottom. In Bondi Junction, a solitary employee walked off the job.

The union’s membership base was nonetheless a fraction of Apple’s whole Australian workforce of about 4000, which additionally counted members of the Australian Providers Union and Store Distributive and Allied Staff Affiliation amongst its ranks.

However RAFFWU secretary Josh Cullinan stated the tide was turning, with membership of his union amongst Apple employees rising exponentially.

“Staff have been eager to get entangled within the motion,” he stated.

“If we flip again time to a few months in the past, we had about 20 members throughout Apple and we’ve obtained 200 at this time.

“There have been lots of employees desirous to get entangled and wanting to have the ability to take motion to press for a greater settlement.”

Cullinan stated RAFFWU members had voted to proceed industrial motion at Apple, with 15-minute stoppages deliberate at 10am, 11am and noon on Saturday, and additional stoppages subsequent Thursday and Friday nights, “relying on the shop”.

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