A group of Apple Inc. workers announced that they would go on strike on Dec. 24, and asked customers to show their solidarity by urging them not to buy Apple products on that day in the United States.
This is the Apple Together group, which includes the retail channel, the extended warranty and technical support plans, AppleCare, and the corporate offices. The goal is to “demand better working conditions,” according to AppleInsider on Dec. 23.
In its statement, it expressed, addressing customers: “Demand that Apple upholds its image with your wallet. Don’t shop in stores, don’t shop online.”
And regarding the strike, he said, “Don’t cross the picket line!” the statement read. “We are Apple. We deserve a respectful workplace. We deserve paid sick time. We deserve protection on the frontlines. We deserve proper mental healthcare.”
On the other hand, Apple Together reported an emergency fund to support up to $5,000 each for Apple and Netflix tech workers who have complained about working conditions.
This group, which describes itself as “Apple workers in retail corporate, and AppleCare uniting to change” the company, had protested before, arguing harassment and sexism.
In just four days after its creation in August, it received 500 stories of harassment and other workplace problems.
The organizers described the stories as “hundreds of stories of racism, sexism, discrimination, retaliation, bullying, sexual and other forms of harassment, and sexual assault.”
They also charged, “The truth is that for many Apple workers – a reality faced disproportionately by our Black, Indigenous, and other colleagues from minoritized racial, gender, and historically marginalized groups of people – the culture of secrecy creates an opaque, intimidating fortress.”
This group’s denunciations also appear to be associated with leftist ideologies such as “Critical Race Theory” and gender politics that are implanted in large corporations.
On the other hand, Apple has been criticized for the way in which its workers are labor demanding in Chinese territory. In 2010, a series of suicides in the production plants of the main company associated with Apple caused a great scandal.
After that, provisions were tightened in an attempt to improve working conditions, but apparently, the number of subcontractors outstrips its ability to control them, according to Bloomberg.
“No talking, no laughing, no eating, no sleeping” are the instructions for workers during working hours, argues the book Dying for an iPhone: Apple, Foxconn and The Lives of China’s Workers, by researchers Jenny Chan, Mark Selden, and Pun Ngai.
Penalties for breaking the rules include copying passages from Gou’s [Terry Gou Tai-ming, the Foxconn boss] quotes and writing self-criticisms that are read out in public.
On the other hand, line managers have strict production quotas and must work tirelessly to meet them.
In addition, workers must pass through special security zones when entering, and phones, recording devices, and metal objects are prohibited. They usually have only one day off per month.