Tensions have seemingly been high inside Google for many months as tech workers found they have the power to protest such things as reports of sexual harassment, a censored Chinese search engine, and a controversial AI drone program for the Pentagon. Two of the four fired employees, Rebecca Rivers and Laurence Berland, reportedly spoke at the protest.
The coalition also echoed support for workers who challenged Google's decision to fire their colleagues, calling it "an excuse to retaliate against organizers". "This is classic union busting dressed up in tech industry jargon, and we won't stand for it", Google Walkout For Real Change said in a statement. Google was not immediately available for comment on this statement.Google's workplace has been repeatedly disrupted by employee activism over the past year, including the famed Google Walkout, where workers walked out over the company's handling in cases of executives accused of sexual misconduct, as well as company's contracts with different government agencies, including the U.S. military.
A year ago, Google employees invaded corporate buildings on the Mountain View Campus, filling courtyards and courtyards in solidarity with their colleagues who had staged similar protests in country offices across the country. the whole world to protest the acts of sexual conduct committed by the company. However, Katie Hutchison, the spokesperson of Google declined to name the employees.
"Even though Rebecca and I are experiencing the full force of Google's retaliation, this is not really about me".
Rivers confirmed her firing on Twitter on Monday.
A memo to employees titled "Securing our data" sought to correct what Google contended was misinformation about the purported wrongdoing, saying it involved "systematic searches for other employees' materials and work".
The memo stated that the knowledge to which people had entry, "together with details of internal emails and inaccurate descriptions of Googlers' work, was subsequently shared externally". He tweeted that busting unions is unacceptable and that Google should stop its ugly ways of harassing and oppressing workers.
Rivers said she was being targeted by Google for her activism at the company.
The group disputed Google's version of events and said the firm had fired employees who also happened to be involved in protests about the company's culture.
No longer allowed at the meetings: free-flowing questions on Google's political controversy, such as its role in China, dealings with the military, and co-operation with US Immigrations, Customs and Enforcement - known as Ice.
Amidst the internal criticism at Google, the tech giant hired an anti-union consultant law firm to advise management on how to handle internal retaliation.
"They think this will crush our efforts, but it won't", the Google workers statement distributed on Monday added.
In a memo to all staff Monday, Google's Safety and Investigations Group mentioned "none of these individuals were fired for simply looking at documents or calendars during the ordinary course of their work", in keeping with a replica obtained by The Washington Submit.