updated 11:12 am EDT, Fri June 6, 2014
Raises minimum pay to $22.45 AUD
Apple retail workers and Apple Australia have come to an agreement on a new four-year employment contract, reports say. Under new terms set to take effect November 1st, entry-level pay will rise to $22.45 AUD ($20.95 US) an hour, while annual pay increases will be capped at 2 percent. The contract also restructures the hierarchy of Australian Apple Stores, defining specific responsibilities. Level 1 workers are those assigned to tasks like helping customers and doing repairs; Level 2 belongs mostly to supervisors, while Level 3 involves managerial positions like Business Leader, Store Leader, or Market Leader.
Level 2 pay will start at $25.26 AUD per hour, while Level 3 will guarantee at least $72,779 per year. To compensate for their lack of benefits, part-time workers will be paid an extra 25 percent per hour. As a safety incentive, people with first-aid qualifications will be entitled to an extra $29.56 every two weeks. Apple has also agreed to provide multiple weeks of severance pay if a position is made obsolete; exact compensation will be determined based on a person's age and years with the company. All workers will be entitled to take as much as two hours off per year for up to four blood donations.
The contract also addresses the topic of bag and locker checks. Apple conducts searches at the end of shifts to deter theft, something that is the subject of a US lawsuit related to unpaid hours. Apple Australia states that retail workers will be asked to cooperate with inspections that "may happen at any time."