On Tuesday night, ASU held an all-Apple worker zoom meeting and there was a great turnout and energy following our huge NO-vote win!
It seems Apple are more shocked than we could have imagined at the resounding ‘no’ vote - and are still asking themselves why and how? This shows how Apple management underestimated Apple workers, thought they could ram through a subpar NEA and not listen to its workers, nor deliver on key claims. The reason the subpar NEA put up by Apple management without ASU endorsement, was voted down, was due to the ASU collective power of its members, bargaining skills, and spectacular Vote-No campaigning!
ASU members are clear about what Apple needs to do: listen to workers and have constructive discussion on items that ASU members care about including:
- Wage rises guaranteed for every worker
- Fair rostering for work life balance
- Classifications that reflect workers’ skills and experience
- Gender transition leave – reflect the progressive workforce they’ve got
To date, ASU has held all-Apple worker meetings, which was important as Apple unionised for the first time in Australia. Together, a majority of ASU Apple members and workers voted-no to Apple management’s subpar NEA. Voting down the subpar agreement is a great first step but won’t guarantee a better deal. What Apple workers need to do now, is join the union and be part of the next phase of negotiating a better deal.
Only members will get a say in how the ASU escalates our campaign for a better deal. Going forward, ASU will be holding regular zoom Member-Only Meetings for bargaining updates and members to make decisions. So join the ASU today, come to our upcoming meetings and let’s work together to win a better deal for Apple workers!
Time to get back to the table
The ASU has now asked Apple to come back to the bargaining table in the coming weeks in order to have genuine discussions about improving your pay and conditions. We will keep members up to date with any developments.
Again, thank you to every ASU member who had a conversation with a colleague, put up posters and engaged with the workplace issues that affected themselves and their colleagues to get the history-making ‘NO’ vote over the line.
If you have any questions, please contact your local ASU Delegates or your State Organiser. Download the bulletin here.
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