Unions representing employees at Apple (AAPL.O) stores in France have called for a strike scheduled for Friday and Saturday, just ahead of the launch of the iPhone 15. The strike is part of a demand for improved pay and working conditions.
In a statement posted on social media platform X (formerly Twitter), CGT Apple Retail, one of the four unions representing Apple Retail France, stated, “Management’s decision to disregard our entirely legitimate demands and concerns has led the four unions of Apple Retail France to call for a strike on September 22 and 23.”
Additionally, the unions have urged workers to gather for a demonstration on Friday morning at the Paris Opera Garnier, located next to one of Apple’s flagship stores in Paris.
Karine Chouchane, a member of the CGT Apple Retail union, stated to the French daily newspaper Liberation that employees of Apple France might mobilize in approximately three-quarters of Apple’s stores across France.
As of now, Apple France has not provided any immediate comment on the matter.
Last week, Apple faced a setback when the French government decided to suspend the sale of iPhone 12 devices after tests revealed breaches of radiation exposure limits.
In response, Apple committed to updating the software on iPhone 12 devices in France to resolve the dispute over radiation levels. However, concerns in other European countries indicate that similar actions may be necessary elsewhere.