"We deserve a respectful workplace": Apple employees 'walkout' Christmas Eve
Apple retail workers stage a walkout on Christmas Eve in demand of better working conditions.
'Apple Together' is a group of workers who have decided to protest against Apple Inc. for a more "respectful workplace," staging their walkout on Christmas Eve.
Calling all Apple workers and patrons!— Apple Together (@AppleLaborers) December 23, 2021
Tomorrow, December 24th, 2021, Apple workers are staging a walkout/callout to demand better working conditions.
Strike funds are available for participants: https://t.co/xYESzWc196.
Don't cross the picket line.#AppleWalkout 🖤✊ pic.twitter.com/U9OexqTLv9
On their Twitter account, Apple Together announced that the retail workers are "staging a walkout/callout to demand better working conditions" in a thread, which goes on to post the workers' demands.
"We deserve a respectful workplace. We deserve paid sick time. We deserve protection on the frontlines. We deserve proper mental healthcare," the tweet said. "Demand that Apple upholds its image with your wallet. Don't shop in stores. Don't shop online."
An Apple software engineer, Cher Scarlett, became the public face of the #AppleToo movement when she released an article on Medium narrating Apple workers' sexual harassment experiences, in addition to other workplace issues such as racism and sexism.
A few days ago, accusations against the tech giant surfaced, revealing a set of unfair labor practices that include illegal spying in a manner that prevents them from their right to discuss working conditions. Furthermore, turns out that Apple's office building in Sunnyvale, California, is built on top of an area contaminated by hazardous industrial waste and has not been cleaned up to this date, forming a truly dangerous environment for the workers.
Earlier in July, employees took charge and started a petition to request better working conditions as the company called on its employees to gradually return to work during the pandemic. Last week, Apple called off work for an undefined period of time due to the potential dangers of the Omicron variant, which is spreading quickly.