Los despidos en el sector tecnológico golpean a Europa
April 6, 2023 - Las firmas de tecnología de EUA se están descubriendo que las leyes laborales en Europa – donde Amazon, Alphabet y Meta emplean a más de 170.000 trabajadores tecnológicos de tiempo completo – hacen mucho más difícil reducir sus plantillas.
Over the past year, as many as 440,200 tech-sector jobs have disappeared worldwide, with most redundancies announced by U.S. companies, according to tracking site Layoffs.fyi. Meanwhile, in Europe, layoffs among tech companies have been limited to 42,000 -- less than 10 per cent of the global total -- protected by labour union laws.
In France and Germany, where labour laws are among the strongest in the E.U., Google parent Alphabet Inc. is currently negotiating with works councils -- groups whose elected employee representatives deal with management about workforce issues.
In January, Alphabet announced it was laying off 12,000 employees worldwide, equivalent to six per cent of its global workforce.
“We have been working carefully and individually through each country where reductions are taking place to fully adhere to local legal requirements,” a Google spokesperson told Bloomberg.
According to Britain’s Unite Union regional officer Matthew Waley, an estimated 500 out of 8,000 Google staff will have to leave.
Hundreds of Google employees staged a walkout at the company’s London offices on Tuesday (April 4), following a similar strike by workers at the company’s Zurich office in Switzerland.
Whaley equated Google’s conduct to “union busting” in the U.K. and claimed that Matt Brittin, president at Google Europe and Google Africa, had refused to engage with the union.