Apple store Glasgow workers unionise in UK first

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Apple store Glasgow workers unionise in UK first

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Apple store Glasgow workers unionise in UK first


Glasgow Apple store workers have become the first in the UK to secure official union recognition.

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GMB union organiser John Slaven called it a "compelling new chapter in the trade-union story" being written around the world.

Earlier this year, workers in the Maryland branch formed the first Apple retail union in the US.

Glasgow's Buchanan Street Apple store staff previously said union recognition would be used to bid for higher wages.

An Apple official told BBC News: "We have long been committed to providing an excellent experience for our customers and teams.

"Apple is one of the highest-paying retailers in Scotland and we've regularly made enhancements to our industry-leading benefits as a part of the overall support we provide to our valued team members."

Cost-of-living crisis
In June, after joining the GMB and filing for voluntary union recognition, workers at the store told the Glasgow Evening Times they earned about £12 an hour.

"People are suffering with the cost-of-living crisis," one said.

"We need a pay rise, pay transparency and a voice."

Mr Slaven said Wednesday's union-recognition ballot result was "testament to the hard work of the activists and workers" in the store.

The two-thirds majority showed the union was "pro-worker and not anti-employer" and "trade unionism should be a normal and welcome feature of any workplace".
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