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Google fired staff for labour activism, new complaint alleges

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A filing with the National Labor Relations Board says the California-based web juggernaut illegally terminated one or more staff from the Google Ads division because they had joined or expressed support for a labour group—and that it compels its staff to follow its anti-union regulations. (Bloomberg)

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Talking point: The complaint comes after four former employees said they would file their own grievances alleging they were let go for workplace activism. Google staff have seemingly become more restive as the company has grown in size, influence and ubiquity. Embarrassing media leaks—often a measure of a disgruntled workforce—have become so pervasive that Google CEO Sundar Pichai recently cut back on the number of all-staff meetings, limited access to company documents and urged workers to avoid talking about politics. Pichai will now run both Google and its parent, Alphabet, after co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin announced this week they would step away from the company.