A group of Google employees sent a memo to the company’s leadership calling for greater protection for Google employees in the ongoing crisis , mainly for contractors ,media reported . It is reported that the memorandum was written by full-time employees and contractors. Google has long hired a large number of contract workers as second-class workers to reduce the company’s operating costs, avoid the benefits that need to be borne by full-time workers, and so on.
This group of employees is not only employees of the company’s restaurants, security or commuter drivers, but also programmers, graphic designers, human resources staff, and a variety of office workers. The New York Times, in a survey last year, described the men as Google’s “shadow employees”, a group that in recent years has been on a par with the company’s full-staff workforce.
Now, with the advent of the new coronary pneumonia epidemic, the difference between the two has become more apparent. On Tuesday, local time, a memo circulating inside the company provided a series of requests for this. The memo’s authors want their own work policy to be targeted at all Google offices and to ensure that employees who work from home from home or are forced to perform their duties at home or because of office closures or other interruptions in Google operations are paid for their work.
The memo notes that some Google contractors, like those employed by a Pittsburgh independent company called HCL Technologies, were forced to work in offices. On Monday, local time, some HCL contractors wore black to protest in the cafeteria of their Pittsburgh office.
“We know that the leadership takes workplace and community health and safety very seriously,” the memo reads, “but in terms of our ‘expanded workforce’, Google and its contractors can’t do that.” “
HCL said in a statement provided to the media that for their employees in Pittsburgh they had been communicating with their customers, Google, about working from home, “we are establishing a remote working model that prioritizes their health and safety. This is consistent with our other hard work around the new coronavirus situation. “
Google says it has approved HCL employees to work remotely from home, but won’t start until Tuesday.