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French Union Calls for Apple Retail Store Employee Strike Coinciding with iPhone 5 Launch

Reuters reports that a union representing roughly a quarter of Apple's retail employees in France has authorized a strike to protest working conditions at the company's stores. The strike is being timed to coincide with tomorrow's 8:00 AM iPhone 5 launch for maximum impact.
Demands by the SUD union, which represents about a quarter of Apple Store employees, included the installation of water fountains, providing meal vouchers and paying a thirteenth month of salary as is common at French companies.

"We're inviting all the employees who consider insufficient the advances made as part of annual labor negotiations and think Apple isn't showing enough of an interest in its French employees to join us tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. in front of the Opera Apple Store," union head Thomas Bordage said.
Other unions representing the remainder of Apple's French retail store workforce are not participating in the strike.

Apple's Opéra retail store in Paris

French newsmagazine Le Nouvel Observateur notes [Google translation] that the union does not know how many employees will take part in the strike, as many employees are worried that they will be fired or have their work contracts not be renewed if they participate.

Apple retail store employees in France have been wearing green wristbands this week to express solidarity and hope that an agreement can be reached, but the union suggests that a deal is unlikely before the strike goes into effect as last-minute talks have not yielded significant common ground for an agreement.

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71 months ago
Protesting "working conditions?" No drinking fountain? No meal vouchers? No free month's pay? Really? They work in an Apple Store, not a sweatshop. Wow. Just wow. :rolleyes:
Rating: 61 Votes
71 months ago
Here in Croatia we also get 13th month pay. If we work for 13 months.
Rating: 43 Votes
71 months ago
13 months of pay? Lol France.
Rating: 41 Votes
71 months ago
Hahahaha, 13th month of pay, water fountains, and free food eh? It sounds like things are pretty rough over there.
Rating: 38 Votes
71 months ago
unions suck
Rating: 36 Votes
71 months ago
seems like every time I visit Paris the bus/metro drivers are striking, maybe its a hobby for them.
Rating: 34 Votes
71 months ago
what a joke.

unions + european "benefits" explain why nothing excellent ever gets done on that side of the world.
Rating: 34 Votes
71 months ago
...and the uninformed come out in force...

Things are different here in western Europe. We pay much higher taxes, everything costs a lot more (search for the price of anything and compare it to what we pay) and we end up with a lot less disposable income when compared to a similar job in the US.

As a result of this, we expect a fair trade-off in working conditions.

So yes, some of these things might sound crazy to you guys, but you need to compare it in context.
Rating: 32 Votes
71 months ago
How about you idiots get back to work and stop complaining. You don't like it go work somewhere else.
Rating: 27 Votes
71 months ago
13th month of salary? No wonder Europe is broke!
Rating: 24 Votes

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