Google's tensions with employees has reached the next level
Employees were put on administrative leave on last week, prompting protests calling for their reinstatement.
Google has fired four employees, including one who was involved in speaking out against the company.
Employees were put on administrative leave on last week, prompting protests calling for their reinstatement. The employees were locked out of their accounts for investigation.
Rebecca Rivers, one of the fired employees, tweeted:
Google's reason for firing employees:
Google says that it has fired the employees for accessing information that was not restricted under a need-to-know policy. A Google spokesperson, while talking to CNN, mentioned that one of the workers had accessed the other Google employees' work calendar without their knowledge.
The post written on the page says: "With these firings, Google is ramping up its illegal retaliation against workers engaging in protected organizing. This is classic union-busting dressed up in tech industry jargon, and we won’t stand for it."
The firing has increased tension within the company, and more people have joined the protest. A dedicated Medium page titled 'Google Walkout For Real Change' that talks about the Google plan of suppressing the voices of employees by busting the employees’ union. Many other employees also see this as an attempt to suppress critics and intimidate workers.
Google is trying to silence us. It will not succeed.— Amr Gaber (@amrtgaber) November 26, 2019
Google never cared before what we thought or did.
But they care now. Because the boss knows we have power when we stick together. They are even willing to break the law.
If you want to support please reshare the tweet below. https://t.co/Q0ByGbsQcN
A joint statement by employees mentions that the company recently changed the policy for which it has fired the employees. The policy was also left ambiguous as to which documents were subject to the policy.
A previous report by NYT highlighted that the company had hired a consulting firm that is known for suppressing employee unions.
Adam Kovacevich, Google's then-director of US public policy says, "The reality is that I think it's only through having this kind of open dialogue that we get to the best answers and best approach for the company."
There has been an increase in the number of internal protests within Google in recent years. Other companies are also subject to similar events. Recently, Amazon employees protested against the company's stand for climate change.
This raises a basic question of whether employees should stand against the companies’ actions which don’t have their direct or indirect involvement. It is also necessary to think about the government's involvement in the actions taken by the companies.