The Tokyo Managers’ Union has organised dozens of Google Japan employees. According to Ken Yamazaki, assistant professor at Meiji University, who also tweeted a copy of the group’s press conference remarks, it is the first labour union at Google Japan. As some of them are in Japan on work visas, it appears that the employees decided to unite out of fear that they may be suddenly fired.
Their worries arose from the computer titan’s January statement that it would be laying off 12,000 employees worldwide, or 6% of the entire firm.
They said that their American colleagues were fired with merely an email sent in the middle of the night, and that the staff members of the Japanese office had been left waiting for the axe to fall for the past few weeks. The employees claimed that following that declaration and hearing about the fate of the company’s employees in other nations, they decided to unionise.
In order for a dismissal to be valid in Japan, the employer must demonstrate that there are valid reasons to do so. While professing to have issues with the worker, some businesses nevertheless fire employees without cause. The organisation believes that union membership will save them from unexpected layoffs.
The company’s Area 120 internal incubator, which develops experimental apps and products, was one of the divisions hardest impacted by the job layoffs in the US. The division used to work on 20 projects at once, but after losing the majority of its staff, it is currently only working on three.
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Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai expressed “deep regret” and claimed “full responsibility” for the company’s actions that resulted in the decision to lay off 12,000 employees.
He acknowledged that Google had been on a hiring binge recently, but claimed that the company “hired for a different economic reality than the one we face now.” The company’s most recent earnings report shows that while revenue for the fourth quarter of 2022 increased 1% over the same period the previous year, quarterly net income decreased 34%.
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