Ahead of the highly anticipated iPhone 15 launch, workers at Apple stores in France have gone on strike, demanding improved pay and working conditions. This labor action is led by unions representing employees at Apple Retail France, who have voiced their concerns regarding their treatment by management.
In a joint statement released on social media platform X (formerly Twitter), CGT Apple Retail, one of the participating unions, announced the strike. The statement reads, “Management having decided to ignore our perfectly legitimate demands and concerns, the four unions of Apple Retail France…call for a strike on Sept. 22 and 23.” This strike comes after management’s perceived disregard for the workers’ requests for better compensation and working conditions.
In addition to the strike, the unions have also called for a demonstration on Friday morning near the Paris Opera Garnier, located adjacent to one of Apple’s flagship stores in the heart of Paris. The call for this public display of discontent underscores the determination of Apple workers to voice their grievances and demand fair treatment.
Karine Chouchane, a union member of CGT Apple Retail, expressed that the strike action may see participation from employees in as many as three-quarters of Apple’s stores across France. The workers are uniting to send a clear message to the tech giant that their concerns must be addressed.
As of the time of reporting, Apple France had not provided an official comment on the strike or the demands of the workers.
This strike follows a recent setback for Apple in France when the French government suspended the sale of iPhone 12 handsets due to tests revealing breaches of radiation exposure limits. Apple responded to these concerns by pledging to update the software on iPhone 12 devices in France to address the radiation level issue. However, similar concerns in other European countries may necessitate additional actions by the tech company.
The strike by Apple workers in France not only draws attention to labor issues within the tech giant but also highlights the challenges faced by multinational corporations in managing labor relations and meeting regulatory standards in various countries. It remains to be seen how Apple will respond to the demands of its workers and whether the strike will impact the highly anticipated launch of the iPhone 15.