Alphabet workers unionise

There’s been a huge amount of media interest in the announcement that workers at Alphabet Inc – Google’s parent company – have formed a union as part of Communications Workers of America. Unite London Digital & Tech branch sends its greetings to our colleagues who’ve taken this bold step.

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Returning to work: SAGE advice

For anyone returning to their usual place of work, being consulted about whether or not to return, or with questions about safety we recommend watching this video from the multi-disciplinary group of scientists Independent SAGE. Their weekly briefings feature questions from the public. It’s up to us to be informed, in case our employers aren’t.

A home working survival guide

Many employers are normalising homeworking arrangements for their entire or a portion of their workforce. This is clearly necessary in order to minimise the potential for Covid-19 to spread, but it should not be at the cost of employees’ physical or mental wellbeing.

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Abolish Silicon Valley!

Here is a great interview with author Wendy Liu discussing her book Abolish Silicon Valley, in which she investigates the role of tech firms within capitalism. Wendy memorably describes startups which build things like call-centre automation as producing “worker immiseration as a Service”.

Abolish Silicon Valley is available from Repeater books.

Covid-19 and the Employment Rights Act

We all need to become acquainted with some of the basic provisions of employment law! Read about leaving the workplace for health and safety reasons.

Living in the office?

Millions of us are now working from home. If WordPress and Tumblr CEO Matt Mullenweg is to be believed, this is a great thing: “Millions of people will get the chance to experience days without long commutes, or the harsh inflexibility of not being able to stay close to home when a family member is sick… This might be a chance for a great reset in terms of how we work”.

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