Some Apple employees run away on Christmas Eve

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A group of Apple employees announced they would stage a strike on Christmas Eve to demand better working conditions and urged the public not to shop in stores or online on Friday.

In a Twitter post on Thursday, employees of the Apple Together group, which includes employees in the company’s retail, corporate and AppleCare divisions, asked for paid sick leave and good mental health care, among other things. The group appears to be an extension of the #AppleToo Movement, which was established to collect stories from employees at all levels at Apple who have experienced harassment or discrimination.

“We are Apple. We deserve a respectful workplace. We deserve paid sick leave. We deserve protection on the front lines. We deserve good mental health care,” the workers wrote.

Although organizers said strike funds were available to participants in the strike, emergency fund to which they are associated will only accept waiting list requests for stipends.

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Gizmodo contacted Apple for comment on the strike and workers’ demands, but received no response at the time of publication. We’ll make sure to update this article if we hear anything.

It was not immediately clear how many employees would participate in Friday’s strike, the last day customers can buy gifts before Christmas Day, when Apple Stores are closed. Some former Apple employees cheered the efforts on social media, claiming that working in the company’s stores gave them experience extreme stress, burnout, and Harassment from customers.

If Apple Together employees do walk out on Friday, the protest would be yet another example of rising activism and pushback from the company’s employees. In addition to the #AppleToo movement, a group of employees in June wrote a letter to CEO Tim Cook and the executive team to support those who want to continue working remotely. Apple essentially refused that request and went ahead with plans to launch a hybrid work pilot in February 2022.

Nevertheless, the company has recently launch delayed of his pilot in light of the spread of the ommicron variant of the coronavirus and has said the return to the office date is “yet to be determined”.

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