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Google laid off employees looking to create a union

In October of this year, Google workers denounced that the company was spying on them through an extension for Chrome in order to find out about the meetings they had for the formation of a union. Today, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) denounces that Google laid off four employees who were looking for the creation of said union in order to intimidate their colleagues and make them give up their objective.

CWA says workers were laid off “To discourage and cool employees from participating in concerted and union protected activities”, and that Google’s actions are “the antithesis of freedoms and transparency that it promotes publicly”.

google unionLaurence Berland, a Google site reliability engineer, addresses his co-workers about how the company put him on administrative leave, during a rally near a Google office in San Francisco, California, USA. UU., November 22, 2019. (REUTERS / Paresh Dave)

For its part, Google said the four employees were laid off in November for incurring "Clear and repeated violations" of data security policies, as employees sought information about other employees beyond the scope of their work.

Google has previously been accused of reprisals against workers who organized a strike to protest the handling of sexual harassment cases and several reports this year say the company has a "culture of retaliation" with union activist employees.

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