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Day: September 30, 2021 (Page 1 of 3)

Is the Apple core rotting out from the inside?

The Verge looks at the rise of employee dissent at Apple, including pushback against returning to the office, fighting for pay equity, and increasing leaks »

Apple’s remote work struggle is emblematic of a deeper shift taking place inside the company. Since 1976, the tech giant has operated in largely the same way: executives make decisions about how the company will function, and employees either fall in line or leave. What choice do they have? Apple is currently worth $2 trillion, making it the most valuable company in the world, as well as one of the most powerful.

Over the past few months, however, that culture has started to erode. As workers across the tech industry advocate for more power, Apple’s top-down management seems more out of touch than ever before. Now, a growing number of employees are organizing internally for change and speaking out about working conditions on Twitter.

“There’s a shift in the balance of power going on here,” says Jason Snell, the former editor of Macworld, who’s been covering Apple since the 1990s. “Not everyone is afraid that their boss at Apple is going to fire them. They’re saying, ‘I’m going to say some bad things about Apple, and if you move against me, it’s going to look bad for you.’”

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All of Europe is desperate for more truck drivers

The Economist »

According to Indeed, a job-search website, daily listings for heavy-goods vehicle (HGV) drivers in Britain increased by 108% at their peak over the summer, compared with February 2020. Now they are 73% above pre-pandemic levels. In Germany, job listings have increased by 67%; in Spain they have jumped by 95%; and in Italy by 105%. Qualified European drivers have their pick of jobs across the continent. Brexit-related form-filling and tax tweaks will make the offer from Boris Johnson’s government of a short-term visa to Britain less appealing.

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