Apple has stopped employees from using Slack, happing protected speech: complaint

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Apple has stopped employees from using Slack, happing protected speech: complaint

SAN FRANCISCO Reuters - Apple has stopped employees' use of the Slack workplace messaging app, hampering workers' ability to engage in protected speech and organizing, according to a complaint filed by a U.S. labor regulator on Tuesday.

Multiple employees said Slack, which allows individuals to create on-the- fly group conversations, has become increasingly popular as a discussion forum during the Pandemic.

Apple employees who advocate for pay equity, remote work, and other causes in the company have used it as well. According to a complaint by former worker Janneke Parrish to the U.S. National Labor Relations Board, Apple implemented moderation rules for the platform on October 25, according to the complaint by former worker Janneke Parrish.

The complaint, a copy of which was reviewed by Reuters, shows the appearance of surveillance of employees' protected speech activities.

An Apple spokeswoman wouldn't say anything. The company has previously stated that it does not discuss specific employee matters but is committed to creating and maintaining a positive and inclusive workplace, taking all concerns from employees seriously.

The complaint shows a screenshot of the message detailing the policy, which is why Apple's policy is that workers can't create new Slack channels without management's knowledge and support.

Posts about workplace concerns must be directed to a manager or the People Support group, according to the complaint.

Parrish was fired in October after playing a leading role in employee activism.

The charge comes amid a push by Silicon Valley workers to speak out about their working conditions and the impact of technology on society. The culture of employee activism has been particularly striking at Apple, which is known for its secretive culture.