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Walkouts hit Google’s offices worldwide amid sexual abuse scandal

Walkouts hit Google’s offices worldwide amid sexual abuse scandal

Walkouts hit Google’s offices worldwide amid sexual abuse scandal
November 02
03:03 2018

From Asia to Europe and the US, thousands of employees at Google's offices have staged unprecedented strikes in protest at the US multinational tech giant's response to reports of sexual misconduct, gender inequality and systemic racism at their workplace.

The striking Google staffers held demonstrations outside the firm's offices in several cities around the world, including Tokyo, Singapore, Zurich, Berlin, London, Dublin and New York, at 11:10 a.m. local time on Thursday.

The protesters were angry at what they viewed as Google's lack of transparency in dealing with sexual misconduct allegations against its senior executives.

They have criticized Google for failing to deal with “a workplace culture that's not working for everyone.”

The protests broke out in the aftermath of a bombshell New York Times article about Google’s history of harassment, discrimination and support for abusers.

In one case, the report revealed, Google paid Andy Rubin, the “father of Android,” a $90 million exit package after he faced accusations of sexual misconduct.

Google staff stage a walkout at the company's UK headquarters in London on November 1, 2018 as part of a global campaign over the US tech giant's handling of sexual harassment. (Photo by AFP)

Earlier on Thursday, the organizers of the walkouts published a list of demands for Google to meet in The Cut magazine.

“All employees and contract workers across the company deserve to be safe. Sadly, the executive team has demonstrated through their lack of meaningful action that our safety is not a priority,” they said.

Over the past days, Google's senior officials, including Sundar Pichai, the firm's chief executive, have taken multiple measures to soothe the 94,000-person workforce.

The firm said it had sacked 48 people during the past years over sexual harassment, claiming none of them received exit packages.

Pichai apologized for the company’s “past actions” in an email sent to employees this week, saying, “I understand the anger and disappointment that many of you feel.”

Google's measures have, however, failed to satisfy its employees worldwide, who want the company to take concrete steps to address their concerns.

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