Google sacks ‘Thanksgiving Four’ amid crackdown on employee activists

Google has been accused of attempting to prevent its workers from organising after firing four employees over Thanksgiving.

The workers, who are being called the “Thanksgiving Four”, had their contracts terminated on Monday in a move which an internal memo at Google claimed was about securing the company’s data.

According to Bloomberg, which saw the memo, supporters of the dismissed staff have complained that they were fired because of their support for protests at the company.

It comes as Google hired an anti-union firm called IRI Consultants to advise the company’s management on dealing with the growing number of protests at the company.

IRI Consulting’s website advertises services including “union vulnerability assessments” and claims to have prevented staff at a US healthcare company from unionising.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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