Google walkout: workers around the world leave their desks in protest over sexual misconduct
Google staff around the world are staging a mass walkout on Thursday in protest at sexual misconduct.
It follows a bombshell New York Times report last week, which named executives who had been accused of sexual misconduct, including Android creator Andy Rubin. Rubin denies the allegations.
Thousands of staff are expected to take part in the protest, which will involve people walking away from their desk at 11 a.m. at Google offices around the globe. They are using the hashtag #GoogleWalkout. Employees in London, Tokyo, and Berlin are among those to have taken part.
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Google walkout campaigners launched social media accounts on Wednesday.
Google staff in Singapore were among the first to observe the walkout.
As 11 a.m. rolled around in Europe, other Google offices took part. This picture was posted from Zürich, Switzerland, by software engineer Danila Sinopalnikov.
Here's the Zürich crowd from another angle.
"People are sharing stories about harassment, microagressions, inefficient process, broken culture," said privacy engineer Ted.
One protester brought a megaphone to the walkout.
Another decided to come as a stormtrooper. The placard read: "I work on a Death Star but even I know not to sexually assault people."
Berlin Googlers stood in front of the iconic Brandenburg Gate.
The rain kept some Londoners indoors, but that did not stop them from making their feelings known.
Business Insider reporter Shona Ghosh was at Google's St Giles Street offices. An employee taking part in the walkout told her: "I'm proud that we're now supporting everyone, and hopefully now gives them a voice which most seem to feel they have not had before."She was told that staff at the Victoria office had a talk about the issues they're raising with management, including a call for a transparency report on sexual harassment.
A Googler from London's Camden office said stories shared during the walkout were "heartbreaking," and shared this picture.
Google employees in Dublin, Ireland, also showed their solidarity for the cause. RTE journalist Will Goodbody posted this video:
There was soon a huge crowd.
Here are Tokyo Googlers at the beginning their walkout.
In Haifa, Israel, Google has a small office of less than 100 people, but that didn't stop them from standing with Googlers worldwide.
The protesters have a list of five demands.
Organizers are demanding more transparency from Google around its handling of sexual harassment and pay and opportunity inequity, as well as more employee empowerment overall (for example, having an employee representative join the company's board). In their words: pic.twitter.com/eKmLnhSp4f
— Jillian D'Onfro (@jillianiles) November 1, 2018
Sundar Pichai said he supports the walkout
"We let Googlers know that we are aware of the activities planned for Thursday and that employees will have the support they need if they wish to participate," he said.
But Google engineer Liz Fong-Jones encouraged the press to shift their focus away from Pichai's support.
All of the headlines that start with "Google CEO supports..." are focusing on the wrong thing.
What matters today is workers' voices and demands.