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Apple store becomes the first to form a union in the UK

Apple store becomes the first to form a union in the UK

Apple store workers in Glasgow have become the first to form a union in the UK.

Retail staff at one of the tech giant’s Scottish outlets have become the inaugural store to become formally recognised as a union in the UK.

John Slaven, a union organiser with GMB labelled the move a “compelling new chapter in the trade union story” and "testament to the hard work of the activists and workers" employed at the Buchanan Street shop.

He also said that the strong vote showed the union was "pro-worker and not anti-employer" and "trade unionism should be a normal and welcome feature of any workplace".

A rep from the Steve Jobs-found company 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."

In June, after they kickstarted the effort with a representative for the collective action explaining their salary of £12 was not enough to live on.

They said: "People are suffering with the cost-of-living crisis.

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

In the same month, workers at an Apple store in Maryland formed a trade union with a vote of 65 to 33, the third to attempt but the first to be successful.

The victory at Apple comes as a wave of tech companies - such as Activision Blizzard, Amazon and Google’s parent company Alphabet - have seen efforts to establish stronger worker organising.

In October, Sir Keir Starmer, the Labour leader advocated for Amazon to recognise GMB’s unionisation effort after a vote among their employees failed by three votes.

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