Google employees from across 13 regions in 10 countries which includes the United Kingdom, Switzerland and the United States have formed an international union. Called Alpha Global, the motive is simple, prevent Google and its parent company from ‘being evil’.
“Alphabet has long lost its commitment of “Don’t be evil,” but we haven’t. Together, we will hold Alphabet accountable. Together, we will change Alphabet,” as per the statement released by Alphabet Workers Union.
The new international union is affiliated with the UNI Global Union– a major federation of labor unions.
“We want to see a world in which Alphabet respects human and labour rights across its global operations and supply chain. This goal has never been more important than right now. The company is an architect of the new world of work. It is a major incubator of innovations, and as a technology leader, it is a laboratory for new methods of communications and working.
Unfortunately, Alphabet is also a creator of inequalities, implicated in sexual harassment and oppression of sexual minorities and people of colour. It is a place where many workers came to change the world—to make it more democratic—only to find Alphabet suppressing speech and cracking down on worker organizing while consolidating monopolistic power,” the statement said.
The union is accusing Google of covering up sexual harassment and other abuses. It also claims that Google is supplying law enforcement with surveillance technology to suppress Black Lives Matter activists.
“Workers have forced Google to establish one of the first sets of AI principles. Workers made the company stop using forced arbitration, too often to cover up sexual harassment and other abuses. Workers are demanding that the company stop arming law enforcement with surveillance technology unethically used against Black Lives Matter activists,” it added.
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