Google workers form tech giant's first labour union

Google workers form tech giant
# 05 January 2021 07:36 (UTC +04:00)

More than 200 workers at Google-parent Alphabet have taken steps to form a labour union in a rare development for an American tech giant, APA reports citing BBC.

They said the organisation will give staff greater power to voice concerns about discriminatory work practices at the firm and how it handles issues like online hate speech.

The move follows walkouts and other actions by staff in recent years.

Google said it would "continue engaging directly with all our employees".

"We've always worked hard to create a supportive and rewarding workplace for our workforce," Kara Silverstein, director of people operations, said in a statement.

"Of course our employees have protected labour rights that we support. But as we've always done, we'll continue engaging directly with all our employees".

The announcement of the Alphabet Workers Union comes weeks after Google's firing of a high-profile black artificial intelligence and ethics researcher generated uproar.

The US National Labor Relations Board also recently ruled the firm had unlawfully fired employees for attempting to organise a union.