More than 200 engineers and workers have formed the Alphabet Workers Union capping years of growing activism in the company.
Objective of Alphabet Workers Union
It will strengthen the growing labour movement at Alphabet and serve as a vehicle for workers to voice their concerns.
Is Alphabet a subsidiary of Google?
No Alphabet not a subsidiary of Google. It was formed through restructuring Google. Alphabet has now become the parent company of Google and Waymo (a self-driving car company).
Stand of National Labour Relation Board on Alphabet
According to the NLRB (National Labour Relation Board) of the United States, Alphabet is conducting unlawful monitoring and questioning of workers. The employees are fired for unionization attempts which is unlawful according to the board.
Why did Alphabet employees form the Union?
Alphabet Employees have been protesting against several actions of the company. Some of the major issues where the employees protested in large scale against the company are as follows:
Sexual exploitation case
In the year 2018, Google faced severe condemnation of employees in the sexual exploitation case of women. At that time, more than 20,000 employees of the company left the work and took to the streets.
The Artificial Intelligence controversy
Google employees opposed the Maven project to be held in the year 2018 with the United States Ministry of Defense. In Maven project, the government wanted to use Artificial Intelligence technology for the army. Then more than 3100 employees wrote to the company that Google should not enter the war business.
The Transparency issues
There are controversies that Google is secretly working on a search engine for China. When the company openly named it Dragon Fly and brought out that the controversies were true, the employees got angry. They were angered that they were working on search engine projects of China. The employees then asked the company to bring transparency in their work. Dragon Fly was designed to be compatible with China’s State Censorship provisions.
Alphabet Workers Union formed