Workers protest outside of Apple Stores on iPhone 6 launch day

Workers protest outside Apple Stores on iPhone 6 launch day


Protestors blocked the door
Protestors blocking the door of Apple's flagship San Francisco retail store earlier this year. Picture: Julia Carrie Wong

In addition to the long lines of iPhone 6 customers, Apple Stores across the United States are going to see another group of people gathering today: protesting security workers.

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is planning to stage protests at more than 20 different Apple Store in the U.S., pushing Apple to provide full-time work benefits for for its security officers.

“We are asking tech companies like Apple to support good jobs for workers who contribute to their success,” SEIU spokesman Alfredo Fletes told SFGate.

Fletes says that he expects around 15 protestors to turn up at the Stockton Street Apple Store in San Francisco for the first day of the iPhone 6 launch.

This is far from the first time Apple’s own security officers have been involved in a similar protest. Last month a demonstration involving around 50 people blocked customers from entering the main doors of Apple’s flagship San Francisco Union Square retail store.

While the Apple Store remained opened during this time, customers had to enter through a side door. The event ended with the San Francisco Police Department removing around 12 protestors on the basis that they had failed to follow police orders telling them to disband.

Given that today is the biggest Apple launch day in years (thanks to the record-breaking number of preorders placed for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus), the protest is likely to attract considerable coverage, particularly if it proves an impediment to fans getting their hands on new iPhones.

Source: SFGate