This is getting out of hand in Google, as workers are getting active in being heard.
Google workers are uniting in forming a global union alliance, which is called the Alpha Global. The newly created coalition comprises 13 different unions from 10 countries like the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and the United States. This happened right after the workers from Canada and the US started the Alphabet Workers Union (AWU).
The Google Workers Union
The Alphabet Workers Union started with 230 members and grew over 700 within a week after they launched it. The newly formed group Alpha Global is affiliated with the UNI Global Union, a labor union federation that represents 20 million workers worldwide.
“We know that organizing for justice at a global company like Alphabet does not stop at national boundaries,” stated Parul Koul, executive chair of the AWU and a Google software engineer.
He then added, “That is why it is so important to unite with workers in other countries. In a world where inequality is tearing apart, our societies and corporations are hoarding more influence than ever, reclaiming our power through our unions has never been more important.”
According to the UNI general secretary Christy Hoffman, “The problems at Alphabet — and created by Alphabet — are not limited to any one country, and must be addressed on a global level. The movement launched by tech workers at Google and beyond is inspiring. They are using their collective muscle to not only transform their conditions of employment but also to address social issues caused by an increasing concentration of corporate power.”
The union organizers are determined to tackle national issues and international concerns, such as signing non-disclosure agreements. The alliance now consists of the United States, Ireland, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Finland, Sweden, Belgium, United Kingdom, and Denmark.
Google offers a free weekly COVID-19 test to its US workers starting on Friday, December 18. The software giant corporation, which is now home to over 100,000 workers in Northern America, is known to offer its employees fantastic benefits.
The nasal swab tests are accessible via BioIQ, a health care organization in Atlanta that Google has collaborated with, per Wall Street Journal. As of writing, the initiative is available to 90,000 workers only but next year the software company aims to extend it internationally.
Google spends at least $50 a test, which multiplies to a massive $4.5 million per 90,000 workers, according to the studies. The figure maybe this large or perhaps smaller if all the expected workers took advantage of Google’s offering. Employees can visit the BioIQ website and purchase their in-home research packs to be ready to start a test. They can then take them back to the laboratories to be checked.