Google fires employee activist amid protests

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After four workers were summarily dismissed Google workers grew concerned that it was retaliation for worker organising

On Monday, Google fired several workers vocals in an internal announcement for allegedly violating the data-security policy. However, as the Bloomberg report states that tensions between Google and its employees have on the rise over multiple issues.

The email described some of the actions allegedly taken by the fired employees, including accessing other employees' calendars and sharing information about their whereabouts with outside sources.

A memo from Google's Security and Investigations Team alleges that the employees were fired due to security reasons. Google has acknowledged the memo but declined to say more.

On Friday, more than 200 people demonstrated outside Google's San Francisco officefor a protest organised by staff.

"I was just informed by @Google that I am being terminated", read the tweet by Rivers who has been tied to protests against Google's work with US Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

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But one way or another, Google seems to be pushing employee organizers out of the company: Claire Stapleton and Meredith Whittaker, two organizers of that Google Walkout, alleged that they'd been retaliated against by company management, and wound up leaving in June and July respectively.

By accusing the employees of unauthorized access to documents, the organization Google Walkout for Real Change wrote in a post at Medium, the company is conducting "classic union-busting dressed up in tech industry jargon".

Google has fired four employees who were leading an internal protest against the company's work with the U.S. government for leaking their colleagues' names and details to the press.

Protestors on Friday, however, said Google was punishing Berland and Rivers for speaking out against the company.

But the policy was only recently changed, according to the joint statement by other Google employees, and left it ambiguous as to which documents were subject to the policy. "We are here today to show them our support and to demand that Google bring them back to work immediately".

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Rivers hasn't commented beyond her tweet confirming the firing.

Following the firings, Google sent a company-wide memo claiming the former employees had repeatedly searched for, looked through and distributed information outside the scope of their jobs, and that one of the employees had set up notifications detailing the work and locations of other employees without their knowledge and consent.

However the Tech Employees Coalition stated the staff had been fired as a result of they organized & # 39; at work & # 39; and inspired others to talk out at Google. Rivers and Berland mentioned they have been questioned for a number of hours by inner evaluation groups at Google.

Like Facebook and Twitter, Google also stands accused of turning a blind eye to political disinformation on its platforms. Employees have also resisted the company's contracts with various government agencies, including the USA military.

This comes shortly after The New York Times reported Google hired an anti-union firm, ISI Consultants.

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Employees also accused the company of creating an internal tool that kept tabs on organising efforts by automatically reporting staffers who created a calendar event that included more than 10 rooms or 100 or more participants.

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