Google Layoffs 2023: Huge Uproar! ‘CEO Sundar Pichai Should Be Fired’, Netizens Call For his Ouster

Google CEO Sundar Pichai

Google Layoffs 2023: Huge Uproar! ‘CEO Sundar Pichai Should Be Fired’, Netizens Call For His Ouster

January 2023: Google’s parent company Alphabet has announced that it is laying off 12,000 employees, about 6 percent of its workforce.

The move by the tech giant has come as a shock to the affected staff and outside techies of the respective companies. They are now flooding social media with posts questioning the company’s decision.

On January 20, Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai said he was “deeply sorry” to cut the workforce by about 12,000 roles, adding that he “takes full responsibility for the decisions that led us here”.

However, Pichai’s statement did not go down well with outside techies and affected employees. They said if Pichai was responsible for the layoff decisions ‘why should he continue at Google’.

Vishal Singh, director of engineering at YourDOST, wrote in a LinkedIn post, “Why should Sundar Pichai continue at Google? If he placed a wrong bet he must pay for it.

Microsoft chairman and CEO Satya Nadella said last week that the company would “make changes that will result in a reduction of 10,000 jobs in our overall workforce by the end of FY23 Q3 (third quarter)”.

“Even politicians are expected to resign after a screw-up,” Singh wrote in his post, adding that leaders have to pay some price, they can’t just send letters explaining difficult decisions.

It’s getting away very gently. They should pay for their wrong decisions. The buck stops at the top leadership,” he added.

On January 20, Pichai told the fired Google employees in an email that he had some difficult news to share. “I am deeply sorry for that.

The fact that these changes will affect the lives of Googlers weighs heavily on me, and I take full responsibility for the decisions we made here,” he wrote in an email.

Shocked by the tech giant’s decision, one user wrote that if Google can do this, then what can be expected from others?

Pulkit Pahwa, who was working as a program manager in Google’s business operations division and was recently laid off, said he and other Google employees feared it was coming across as staff at other companies, but would overcome it. . “Google wouldn’t do it, but they did”.

“Yesterday was a day of disbelief that friends and colleagues you’ve worked with for years were let go,” she said.

Meanwhile, the Alphabet Workers’ Union (AWU) condemned the company’s layoff decision, saying it was unacceptable behavior for a company that made $17 billion in profits in the quarter alone. Alphabet is the parent company of Google.

“While Alphabet leadership claims ‘full responsibility,’ that is little comfort to the 12,000 workers who are now out of a job.

This is unacceptable behavior for a company that made $17B in profits in a single quarter,” the union said in a statement.

“Workers have never been able to rely on Alphabet for secure employment—as evidenced by the vast subcontracted workforce—but it’s increasingly clear that tech workers must form a majority and force employers to bargain collectively with workers to protect their livelihoods. ,” the union said.

“It’s terrific that our jobs are first on the chopping block so shareholders may see a few more points on the chart next quarter,” the union said.

“Today reaffirms that tech workers are workers — and we must organize in a big way to protect ourselves on the job.

We’re proud to be the first wall-to-wall union in big tech. We now have more than 1,100 members and we’re one of the last.

The year has had some powerful wins—check out our most recent wins below,” the union added in its Jan. 20 statement.

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