Google office staff around the world held a wave of strikes on Thursday to protest the company's sexual harassment behavior.
The strikes that began in Asia and spread across the continents were planned for about 11 am. Google's offices in the United States held protests during the day.
The backlash was sparked last week by an article in The New York Times revealing that Google paid millions of male exit packages to male executives charged with harassment. As the late morning arrived in different time zones on Thursday, Google employees left work in offices, including in Singapore. Hyderabad, India; Berlin; Zurich; Dublin; London; New York; and its headquarters in Mountain View, California.
"I've been at Google for over a year." "Last week was one of the toughest weeks of my one year job on Google, but today is the best day. I feel that I have thousands of colleagues around the world who, like me, are creating a culture in which all people are treated with dignity. "
Salinas also pointed out that contract workers were included in the demands of the organizers of the protest. "Technology does not talk about that enough," she said.
In a press release by the organizers, it was pointed out that "the power structure that inherently declines" temps, vendors or contractors "are rooted on the same basis of inequality."
On Sunday, Sundar Pichai, Google's chief executive, said that the company's management is aware of the impending strike and that employees would "receive the support they need if they want to participate."
"Employees have acted constructively on ideas, as our policies and ours He added, "We're absorbing all their feedback so we can put those ideas into action."
The staff who organized the strike called on Google to encourage the use of private arbitration suspected sexual assault and harassment, and they also called for the publication of a Transparency concerning cases of sexual harassment, further information on salaries and compensation, a worker representative on the company's board of directors, and a chief diversity officer who spoke directly to the board.
The management Google team has taken steps to calm concerns over the past week. Mr. Pichai and Larry Page, a co-founder of Google and chief executive of parent company Alphabet, have both apologized, and Mr. Pichai later said he "did not have enough" of his original statement and apologized again.
Google said 48 people have been fired on sexual harassment charges in the past two years and that no one has received an exit package. One of the executives who continued to hire Alphabet after being charged with harassment resigned on Tuesday and did not receive an exit package, which did little to quell the riots.
Tensions seized as Silicon Valley employees increasingly opposed their leaders' decisions that they felt they were doing more harm than good. Mr. Pichai was accused of developing a search engine for China that would censor the results. Google employees have also withdrawn against the company's work on artificial intelligence with the Pentagon.