Dozens of Apple retail workers staged a walkout on Christmas Eve, demanding better working conditions in the company’s stores.

Organisers for the walkoutOn Friday, more than 50 people in at least three states left work due to inadequate sick pay, pandemic risk pay, and other concerns.

Janneke Parrish, a former corporate Apple employee who helped organize the walkout, said that while those participating in Friday’s action represent a small fraction of Apple’s 80,000 employees in retail and beyond in the U.S., it is still “significant” to have workers speak out against the behemoth tech company.

“Apple workers are fed up with being unheard,” Parrish said, adding that Friday’s action, which trended on Twitter, aims to “make sure people are aware of how retail workers are being treated.”

This is the organizing group. Apple TogetherThe group consists of both current and past Apple employees. I am asking you to show your support for workers and not buy Apple products Christmas Eve.

Apple’s retail workers have “extremely limited sick leave,” according to Parrish. She said part-time workers accrue paid leave on an hourly basis, which means they must choose whether to go in while sick — even as COVID-19 cases are surging nationwide with the spread of the omicron variant — or go unpaid.

This month was earlier. an Apple store in Texas had to close for several daysFollowing a COVID-19-related outbreak in employees.

HuffPost was told by an Apple spokesperson that employees are entitled to paid sick time for COVID symptoms.

Parrish said that hazard pay is “the absolute least [workers are] owed in a pandemic,” as many retail workers face harassment from customers for enforcing mask wearing and other COVID-19 protective measures. The October issue of a security guard at a New York Apple store was stabbedIt was reported that there had been a dispute about a mask.

Apple Together, a worker group, organized an August protest online under #AppleToo publishing hundreds of anonymous accounts Former and current Apple employees have claimed instances of verbal abuse and sexual harassment and pay equity problems.

Source: HuffPost.com.

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