“In half a day in this single Opera store, Apple will generate the money we ask for for all of France”. In Paris, in front of one of the main Apple stores in France, a line of customers eager to treat themselves to the new iPhone 15 marketed for the first time on Friday, September 22, rubbed shoulders with several dozen employees of the American brand, in strike. demand an increase in their salary above inflation. On Wednesday, the Apple Retail France union (CGT, UNSA, CFDT and Cidre-CFTC) called a strike without blockades in the company’s twenty stores in France.
“We are not here to prevent the sale of iPhones but to have a decent wage”Renaud Chateauroux, union delegate of the CFDT, repeated before the numerous media present, adding to Agence France-Presse that “Management proposed a 4.5% increase this summer, which is much less than the cost of living and inflation. We ask for 7% and a hiring freeze. “We have lost four hundred jobs since the beginning of the year and we do not have fewer clients”.
The union representative specified that the strikers “also stop there to (his) colleagues in the UK, Japan, Spain, Italy and Australia, who cannot speak”. Max Leva, CGT union delegate present in front of the Parisian brand, estimated that “Social dialogue has really changed, the tone has increased. Management tells us that we are fine, although the benefits generated by the company are immense”. Apple France has not yet commented on the claims.
Presented on September 12, the iPhone 15 range has the particularity, in addition to brighter screens, more sophisticated lenses and more advanced computer chips, of presenting a universal USB-C charging port in compliance with a European law that will impose it at the end 2024. The device is sold from 969 euros.