Dec 3, 2020

Google fired employees for union activity, says US agency

Google unlawfully fired employees for attempting to organise a union, a US federal agency has said. A complaint filed by the US National Labor Relations Board alleged that Google unlawfully monitored and questioned its employees about their union activity. The complaint, on behalf of two of the workers, said the employees accessed basic tools like employee calendars and meeting rooms for the purposes of organising union-related activities. Google "Interrogated" its employees about accessing such information, which the NLRB said were protected activities under labour organising rules. Laurence Berland, one of the employees named in the complaint, said: "Employees who speak out on ethical issues, harassment, discrimination and all these matters are no longer really welcome at Google in the way they used to be."

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