The strike will continue on Saturday
According to the French publication Liberation, representatives of trade unions at Apple stores in France are planning to go on strike on the day the sales of the iPhone 15 begin.
Unions representing Apple Store retail employees in France, including CTG, CFTD, UNSA, and CIDRE, have failed to reach an agreement with Apple on working conditions. In France, many private enterprises are required by law to review employee salaries annually.
Liberation reports that unions are struggling to win an agreement on a demanded 7% pay rise to help staff cope with rising inflation, but store management is currently only offering a 4.5% increase. The unions also want to end the hiring freeze at the Apple Store and achieve greater equality when it comes to corporate benefits for employees, regardless of their position.
Apple Store employees went on strike in France on the day iPhone 15 sales began
A CGT spokesman told Liberation that up to “three-quarters of French Apple stores” could go on strike on Friday, September 22, the day the iPhone 15 and the latest Apple Watch models go on sale. The strike will continue on Saturday, September 23.
The demonstration, in particular, will take place in the famous Apple Store – Opera Paris. CFDT spokesman Albin Wolfow told Liberation that while customers will not be prevented from shopping in-store, the display will be loud and those looking to purchase the latest iPhone will have to be patient and be prepared for longer waits.