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Hundreds of Apple workers in Australia are preparing to strike in the run-up to Christmas demanding better working conditions and higher wages, union leaders and employees say.
Less than two days of strike by about 200 of about 4,000 employees Apple in Australia comes as the US tech giant is facing disruptions due to worker unrest at its main iPhone plant in China.
Members of the Australian Retail and Fast Food Workers Union (RAFFWU) are turning to Apple Inc(AAPL.O) for fixed lists, known hours of operation, two consecutive days off and an agreed annual pay increase.
"Christmas Strike — it's a way for our members to spend time with family and friends while management still refuses to give employees the most basic minimum rights”, — RAFFWU secretary Josh Callinan told Reuters, adding that management would be notified Monday of the intention to strike.
Efforts to immediately bring Apple management to the negotiating table failed earlier this week, he said, company officials said. that they do not intend to meet until February.
Striking workers plan to leave Apple outlets at 15:00 on December 23 – the peak time for sales of Apple iPhones, watches and other products that people usually buy as gifts for their loved ones over Christmas.
The action will be nationwide, but will have the biggest impact on two outlets in Brisbane and one each in Adelaide and Newcastle, where RAFFWU has the largest membership.
In June This year, Apple workers in Maryland became the tech giant's first retail workers to unionize in the United States. On Thursday, the union set official dates to start talks with Apple in January.
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