Labor court backs pay rise for Apple production workers

THE Labor Court has recommended that production workers at Apple’s Cork facility receive a higher pay rise than the iPhone maker is offering.

In a recommendation regarding a pay dispute between Apple and Siptu, Labor Court Deputy Chairman Alan Haugh has recommended that 408 Apple manufacturing workers at the tech giant’s Holyhill manufacturing facility in Cork be given an extra 1.25 per cent pay rise.

The court-recommended increase comes in addition to a 3 percent salary increase retroactive to October 1 paid by Apple without prejudice to the outcome of the labor court’s recommendation.

Mr Haugh explained that the Court made its recommendation after considering the parties’ submissions relating to payroll accounting at appropriate comparable companies in the region and sector.

As part of his argument, Siptu claimed Apple offered wage increases of 45 percent from 2018 for non-union retail workers in the US, but only 9.05 percent for Cork manufacturing operators in a corresponding 39-month period.

Siptu also alleged that Apple in Cork unilaterally offered a 3% pay increase without an agreement, despite WRC proposals of a 3% increase per year for three years being defeated in a union vote. Siptu stated that its members “see this as disrespectful to the collective bargaining process”.

Siptu wanted the court to recommend a salary increase of 5.5 percent over 12 months retroactive to October 1, 2021 due to the high rate of inflation and the increase in the cost of living since early 2022. Labor court backs pay rise for Apple production workers

Fry Electronics Team

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