1. Akshay Masand's Avatar


    Apple retail employees in Australia have recently signed off on a four-year contract with the company that will see base pay rates jump roughly 16% from the previous terms agreed to in 2009. According to ifoAppleStore, roughly 90% of Apple’s 2,372 retail workers wspread across 21 outlets voted in favor of the new contract, which was certified recently by Australia’s Fair Work Commission. The contract becomes effective on November 1.

    With the 2014 to 2017 agreement, workers are split into three levels and further broken down by full-time and “casual” categories. Level 1 employees, specialists and Geniuses, will receive $20.95 per hour (roughly $22.44 AUD), while level 2 starts at $25.26 ($27.06 AUD). Casual employees get roughly 25% more per hour in lieu of health benefits. The highest level 3 is reserved for managers who will make an annual salary of $72,799 ($77,997.25 AUD).

    As noted by the publication, the Cupertino California company’s pay level is 25% higher than Australia’s minimum wage and includes statutory 2% annual increase on continued employment. The contract covers overtime pay, working hours, meal allowances and other specifics. Of note, a section on grievances points out that employees are entitled to “redundancy” paywhen a position is no longer needed. Under this stipulation, workers can be paid up to 20 weeks’ worth of wages when terminated. Additional perks include a $29.56 bonus every two weeks for employees with first aid certification, “Community Service Leave” and a provision that gives time off for donating blood up to four times a year.

    Apple’s contract also makes mention of bag checks. In 2013, former Apple employees in the US sued the company in a class action lawsuit over lost wages associated with said bag checks. Under the Australian contract, Apple is allowed to “conduct random bag and or locker inspections at any time” and requires employees "to participate and fully co-operate and present your bag/locker or personal effects for inspection."

    Apple seems to really be taking care of its employees in Australia.

    Source: ifoAppleStore

    Twitter: @AkshayMasand
    2014-06-07 05:02 AM
  2. chooker's Avatar
    Genius deal? Apple's staff paid less than Coles' supermarket checkout workers

    Genius deal? Apple's staff paid less than Coles' checkout workers
    2014-06-07 09:38 AM
  3. fleurya's Avatar
    Genius deal? Apple's staff paid less than Coles' supermarket checkout workers

    Genius deal? Apple's staff paid less than Coles' checkout workers
    People down under crying about getting over $20 an hour for base level customer service jobs should try living a month in the US making $7 an hour. They will try to swim back to Australia! (Since they couldn't afford to fly)
    2014-06-08 04:44 AM
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