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Google workers held a rally in San Francisco last month implicating the business of striking back versus its employees.

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The United States National Labor Relations Board stated Monday it has actually opened a probe into Google over its labor practices, a week after a problem versus the search giant was submitted on behalf of 4 workers fired prior to Thanksgiving. 

The problem, submitted Dec. 5, implicates Google of “unlawful conduct” in the terminations of the employees — Laurence Berland, Rebecca Rivers, Sophie Waldman and Paul Duke — who had actually spoken up versus working conditions at Google. The charge was submitted by the Communications Workers of America, a labor union established in 1938. CNBC previously reported the examination had actually started. 

Google’s “actions are the antithesis of the freedoms and transparency it publicly touts,” the problem checks out. 

The search giant last month stated it fired 4 workers for offenses associated with information security. The terminations came simply days after roughly 200 Google employees and other fans held a rally outside among Google’s San Francisco workplaces. The activists at the rally declared that Google management was striking back versus workers for speaking up versus the search giant.

“We dismissed four individuals who were engaged in intentional and often repeated violations of our longstanding data security policies, including systematically accessing and disseminating other employees’ materials and work,” a Google spokesperson stated in a declaration. “No one has been dismissed for raising concerns or debating the company’s activities.”

The NLRB examination magnifies relations in between Google management and rank-and-file workers who have actually opposed the business’s choices on problems consisting of migration and sexual attack. The search giant has actually employed an outdoors company with a history of anti-union efforts, as Google handles uprisings from employees. The business previously this month stated it’d downsize its TGIF city center conferences, an enduring business custom. 

The problem was resolved to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Last week, Page and Brin stated they’re stepping down from executive management functions at Alphabet, Google’s moms and dad business, though they keep voting control over its board. Pichai was called Alphabet CEO. 

In September, Google stated it settled a different NLRB charge. One problem was submitted by Kevin Cernekee, a previous worker who stated he was fired from Google for his conservative perspectives. The settlement with the NLRB does not cover Cernekee’s discharge, an individual acquainted with the matter stated at the time. Another problem was apparently submitted by a present Google employee, unnamed, who stated he was penalized for speaking up versus a magnate on a Facebook page.