Google Terminates over 20 Workers in Protest over the Project Nimbus Deal, Israeli Govt

By Consultants Review Team Tuesday, 23 April 2024

According to a story by The Verge, Google allegedly fired more than 20 workers as a result of sit-in demonstrations at its headquarters in California and New York. This comes after the business let go of 28 workers last week, increasing the total count of workers let off for demonstrating to close to 50. The $1.2 billion collaboration Nimbus cloud computing collaboration between Google and the Israeli government was the target of the demonstrations.

Although the firm promotes free conversation and debate, Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google, has cautioned staff members that there are boundaries to this. He reminded his staff that this is a critical period for the firm and asked them to avoid having political conversations at work.

"This is a business, and not a place to act in a way that disrupts coworkers or makes them feel unsafe, to attempt to use the company as a personal platform, or to fight over disruptive issues or debate politics," Pichai said in a memo. After organizing sit-ins at the Google headquarters in Sunnyvale and New York, nine protesters were taken into custody. Pichai emphasized that Google is a company and not a forum for divisive discussions or political squabbles.

He emphasized to staff members that it is their duty to guarantee the organization's continued status as a trustworthy and unbiased information source.

Chris Rackow, the head of Google's worldwide security, spoke about the recent demonstrations at the company's headquarters that resulted in the dismissal of 28 workers. As per Rackow's memo, the employees who were protesting were disconnected from corporate networks and subjected to an inquiry due to their 'unacceptable' and 'very disruptive' conduct. Rackow issued a warning, saying that Google will continue to uphold its standards and would not put up with policy infractions.

Google has verified the prior terminations, refuting the assertions made by 'No Tech for Apartheid' that the workers were let go at random. 

Rackow said in the message, "We will not allow behavior such as this in our company. It blatantly contravenes a number of rules that all workers are expected to follow, such as our standards of conduct, policy on harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and workplace concerns, as well as our code of conduct."

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