Google mass layoffs more difficult in EuropeBack
Dismissing employees in European countries appears to be less easy for Google than is the case in the United States. Stories came out from the latter country that employees found themselves fired because they could no longer log in. In European countries, the employee is better protected, and Google is obliged to negotiate mass redundancies with the Works Council. And then it can take a long time.
In France, Google is now trying to get people to quit of their own free will with generous severance packages; that country has strict rules for dismissal. There, and in Germany, Google employees are therefore the least affected, if at all, by the wave of layoffs.
International Works Council
Meanwhile, trade unions have set up an international Works Council for Google, which applies to the EU countries, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. This council is expected to be operational in six months. Due to the presence of this council, which is based in Dublin, Google will from now on have to inform its employees earlier about reorganisations. According to the chairman of the American Alphabet Workers Union, it is inspiring to see 'how things are arranged elsewhere and therefore what people can fight for'.