Almost 1,400 employees at Google parent Alphabet Inc. have signed a petition calling for better treatment of staff during the layoff process, after the company announced it was cutting 12,000 jobs.In an open letter addressed to Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai, employees made a series of demands of the company, including freezing new hires, seeking voluntary redundancies before compulsory ones, giving priority to laid off workers for job vacancies and letting workers finish scheduled periods of paid time off, such as parental and bereavement leave.The workers also called on Alphabet to avoid terminating employees from countries with active conflicts or humanitarian crises, such as Ukraine, and provide extra support to those at risk of losing their visa-linked residency along with their jobs.“The impacts of Alphabet's decision to reduce its workforce are global,” the letter said. “Nowhere have workers' voices adequately been considered, and we know that as workers we are stronger together than alone.”The petition follows Alphabet's announcement in January that it would cut about 6% of its workforce following investor pressure to reduce spending in the post-pandemic slump.
Meta Platforms Inc., Amazon. com Inc. and Microsoft Corp. are among the other tech giants to slash headcount in recent months after years of growth and hiring.A spokesperson for Alphabet didn't immediately comment on the petition.
When Pichai announced the job cuts on Jan. 20, he said in an email to staff that the company hired for a “different economic reality than the one we face today” and that he took “full responsibility.”Although some Google workers, particularly in the US, lost their jobs immediately, the process has been much slower forRead more on tech.hindustantimes.com