Google employees in London strike over hefty layoffs

Hundreds of Google workers took part in the walkout, which was organised at the company’s London office, and they complained that management had disregarded their concerns.
Hundreds of Google workers in London staged a walkout on Tuesday over worries that the company would announce significant layoffs in 2023 as the tech sector contracted.

Google stated at the beginning of this year that it will be letting go of over 12,000 workers, or nearly 6% of its entire workforce.

Numerous other tech firms, including Meta, Salesforce, and Twitter, in addition to Google, also declared that they would lay off thousands of employees during this time.

The number of layoffs in 2023 is currently projected to be around 290,000, which worries tech workers because they were in high demand just two years ago when the COVID-19 pandemic struck, sparking a significant growth in the sector.

A British trade union called Trade Union Unite, which represents Google workers, declared that the company has consistently disregarded employee complaints and concerns.

Unite regional officer Matt Whaley stated, “Our members are clear: Google needs to heed to its own advice of not being evil.

They and Unite won’t give up until Google permits full union representation for its employees, participates appropriately in the consultation process, and regards its staff with the dignity and respect they merit, Whaley continued.

Attending Google workers at the demonstration said that the company’s management and employee discussions are “extremely frustrating.”

“It has been challenging for everyone concerned. To give employees a chance to be heard, we have a redundancy procedure, they explained. But one worker who was present during the walkout complained, “It seems as though our concerns have been ignored.”

In response to the employee walkout, Google stated, “In the UK, we have been constructively engaging and listening to our employees through numerous meetings, and are working hard to bring them clarity and share updates as soon as we can in adherence with all UK processes and legal requirements.”

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