In the wake of US Alphabet workers forming the Alphabet Workers Union (AWU), employees have announced the formation of a global union alliance.
Alphabet has been under increasing scrutiny over its handling of a range of issues, from sexual misconduct to discrimination and equality, as well as the ethical use of technology. Employees took the unprecedented step of creating the AWU, the first of its kind among the biggest tech companies in the US.
Employees have now taken the next step, forming a global union alliance in an effort to address these issues worldwide. Alpha Global has been formed in cooperation with UNI Global Union and includes unions from 10 countries, including the US, UK, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland.
In their joint statement, Alpha Global makes clear its goal is to hold Alphabet accountable.
To build on these advancements and others, many Alphabet workers have started on a path to unionization and collective bargaining. Workers are building democratic organizations to represent their interests, to struggle collectively, to create a structural counterbalance to corporate power, and to build a movement of tech workers across the industry.
A just Alphabet has wide-ranging implications for our democracies and societies. That is why we are joining together to demand fundamental human rights for all workers in Alphabet operations, including the right to form or join a union and the right to bargain collectively.
The statement makes clear the employees believe in the good Alphabet is capable of, but the company must return to some of its early philosophies to achieve that.
Alphabet has long lost its commitment of “Don’t be evil,” but we haven’t. Together, we will hold Alphabet accountable. Together, we will change Alphabet.