Apple workers plan Christmas Eve walkout, urge consumers not to buy anything that day

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A group of Apple Inc. employees announced Thursday that they will be holding a walkout on Christmas Eve and pleaded with the public not to purchase their products that day.

In a statement posted on Twitter, the employees, represented by a group called Apple Together, said they were organizing the Dec. 24 walkout to “demand better working conditions.”

While it is unclear how many employees plan to protest, the Twitter post urged consumers to stand in solidarity with Apple workers.

“Don’t cross the picket line! The statement read. “We are Apple. We deserve a respectful workplace. We deserve paid sick leave. We deserve frontline protection. We deserve proper mental health care.”

“Demand that Apple maintain its image with your wallet. Don’t buy in stores, don’t buy online,” the statement continued.

The tweet also contained a link for striking employees to access an emergency fund for tech workers. The fund, which provides stipends of up to $ 5,000, is aimed at Apple and Netflix employees who shed light on working conditions.

Although it has been reported that many Apple employees at the executive level will be on vacation on December 24, many retail employees are still expected to work at Apple stores across the country.

A group of Apple employees announced Thursday that they are planning a walkout on Christmas Eve and urged consumers not to buy Apple products on that day. Here, the Apple logo can be seen on a storefront in Spain.
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The planned walkout comes amid rapid calls for change in Apple’s corporate culture. Employees at the tech giant made headlines in August when they organized the #AppleToo social media hashtag to shed light on what they said were “hundreds of stories of racism, sexism, discrimination, retaliation, intimidation, sexual and other harassment, and sexual assault. “

This resulted in over 500 responses from current and former workers who ended up sharing their personal anecdotes.

“For too long, Apple has escaped public scrutiny,” organizers of #AppleToo said. “The truth is that for many Apple employees – a reality disproportionately faced by our black, indigenous and other ethnically, gendered and historically marginalized colleagues – the culture of secrecy creates an opaque and intimidating fortress. . “

The organizers of #AppleToo, which The Verge said included “only about 15 current and former Apple employees,” said they had gone through several internal channels at the company to no avail.

Apple Together is not the only group to demand a look at company practices.

A recent proposal from a group of Apple shareholders called on the company to conduct a civil rights audit of the company amid reports of wage and racial inequality among senior executives in the industry. business.

Apple’s 2020 Diversity Report noted that the company’s leadership was only four percent black and eight percent Hispanic, with the bulk of Apple’s workers being white.

“Given the importance of gender and racial equality, this level of review is not only appropriate but very beneficial,” said Jonas Kron, the head of one of the investment groups pushing for the ‘audit.

The United States National Labor Board is also reportedly investigating at least two complaints filed by Apple employees.

News week contacted Apple for comment.


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