Special Update 20 September 2022: RAFFWU direct action and our application for historic Good Faith Bargaining Orders against Apple has brought Apple back to the bargaining table.
Find out how our action has stopped the anti-union vote. Register for the 7:30pm AEST Tuesday 20 September All Apple Worker Meeting at this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIudeyrqzgsGdJsX56qR9KWVLkUpdx6uS6D
On 18 September 2022, Apple announced it would put its dodgy deal to a ballot of workers concluding on 29 September. It was timed to avoid potential RAFFWU member industrial action commencing on 30 September. RAFFWU took Apple to the Fair Work Commission. With no admission of liability, Apple has agreed to return to the bargaining table for at least 3 weeks and RAFFWU will not notify industrial action for that time.
It couldn’t be clearer – direct member action brought Apple back to the table. The only way to secure the agreement workers deserve is through being prepared to take industrial action. RAFFWU members are leading the way and you can join them by becoming a member now.
On 15 September 2022, the RAFFWU Protected Action Ballot commenced at Apple. When successful, this will authorise members to access forms of protected industrial action in pursuit of an Enterprise Agreement if they wish. This is an important next step by the fighting union for retail and fast food workers.
RAFFWU has been supporting, representing and fighting for Apple workers since we launched in late 2016. Apple has had in place an old agreement which undermines a range of working conditions. We also understand Apple has been refusing to even properly apply that agreement for some workers.
Apple has agreed to negotiate a new “Enterprise Agreement”. An Enterprise Agreement locks in core conditions which apply to Apple workers. It includes things like wages, penalty rates, casual loadings, leave, job security, rostering and more.
We represent members at the bargaining table and help members campaign for better agreements. We know workers only achieve the terms and conditions they deserve through their direct collective action.
Workers can download the RAFFWU bargaining claims, unanimously endorsed by members, here:
220822 – Apple – Endorsed Member Claims – RAFFWU
Apple members can appoint RAFFWU as bargaining representative – ensuring their voice is heard through RAFFWU. To appoint RAFFWU as your bargaining representative send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following text and your name and store location:
I hereby appoint the Retail And Fast Food Workers Union Incorporated as my bargaining representative for the purposes of bargaining an Agreement with my employer and in any matter before the Fair Work Commission that relates to bargaining for the agreement.
That appointment will be given to Apple and they must then recognise RAFFWU as your bargaining representative. They must not take any action against you for being represented by RAFFWU. We involve members directly in bargaining – including at bargaining meetings.
Our special all Apple worker Zoom webinar on 25 August 2022 about Industrial Action had more than 80 workers participate. RAFFWU is the only bargaining representative involved in negotiations at Apple that has ever organised industrial action in retail workplaces. To organise your workplace, join up and get involved!