Hundreds of Google employees walked off the job at the company’s London offices on Tuesday over a dispute over layoffs, Reuters reported.
Google’s parent company, Alphabet, announced in January that it would lay off 12,000 employees worldwide, which is equivalent to 6% of its global workforce.
According to Layoffs.fyi, the move comes amid a wave of job cuts across major American companies, particularly in the tech sector, which has seen more than 290,000 layoffs since the beginning of this year.
The union also said that the company ignored the concerns raised by the employees. Google’s senior management is engaged in layoff negotiations in many parts of Europe, in accordance with local employment laws. Last month, the workers of this company’s office in Zurich, Switzerland, stopped working for a few days.
A Google spokesperson said: As we said on January 20, we have made the difficult decision to cut about 12,000 jobs worldwide. We know this is a very challenging time for our employees.
We have spoken constructively with our employees in the UK through numerous meetings and are working hard to clarify and share matters as quickly as possible in compliance with all UK legal processes and requirements.
Google has more than 5,000 employees in the UK alone.