Google Accused of illegal Surveillance and Termination of Union Forming Workers

The National Labor Relations Board issued on surprise complaint against US tech juggernaut Google, after investigating the firing of several employees in November.

The National Labor Relations Board issued on Thursday morning a complaint against US tech juggernaut Google, after investigating the firing of several employees in November. 

The National Labor Relations Board complaint alleges that Google violated parts of the National Labor Relations Act by surveilling workers, and generally interfered with, coerced and even restrained workers in the exercise of their rights guaranteed by the National Labor Relations Act’s Section 7.

In addition, the complaint also states that the National Labor Relations Board claims that the company discouraged “its employees from forming, joining, assisting a union or engaging in other protected, concerted activities.”

In a statement, one of the fired Google employees named Laurence Berland said that “This complaint makes clear that workers have the right to speak to issues of ethical business and the composition of management. This is a significant finding at a time when we’re seeing the power of a handful of tech billionaires consolidate control over our lives and our society. Workers have the right to speak out about and organize, as the NLRB is affirming, but we also know that we should not, and cannot, cleave off ethical concerns about the role management wants to play in that society.”


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