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Workers alert Apple customers on imminent strike
By Valentine Amanze
Crisis is brewing in Apple as workers are set to walk off their jobs on Christmas Eve 2021 in protest of poor work condition.
They have also appealed to customers to boycott on the day — when much last-minute shopping takes place.
Business Insider reported that the worker advocacy group, Apple Together, called for a walkout on Twitter.
Their demands include a more respectful workplace and paid sick time, according to the report.
—Apple Together (@AppleLaborers) December 23, 2021.
It also urged customers to “demand that Apple upholds its image with your wallet. Don’t shop in stores. Don’t shop online.”
According to information on its website, most Apple stores in the U.S. are open until 6p.m. on Christmas Eve and closed on Christmas Day.
The Apple Together tweet also informed workers who walk off that they could apply for strike funds via the Coworker Solidarity Fund, a nonprofit. According to the fund’s webpage, it’s now accepting only waitlist applications for stipends of up to $5,000.
The tech sector faces increased employee activism around toxic work conditions and environments.
In June, about 80 Apple employees pushed back after the company announced its return-to-office policy would require them back in the workplace by September, The Verge reported. The company last week pushed back its return-to-office indefinitely due to the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.
And in August, a group of Apple employees launched a website for coworkers to share their experiences of mistreatment at the tech giant.
Apple didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.