YouTube Music layoffs: Watch moment employee finds out his team was fired over… - Hindustan Times
close_game
close_game

YouTube Music layoffs: Watch moment employee finds out his team was fired over…

Mar 04, 2024 01:31 PM IST

YouTube Music layoffs: The contractors were employed by Google as well as its subcontractor Cognizant.

A team of YouTube Music which included 43 contractors were ousted from their jobs after they asked for better pay and benefits, it was reported. The contractors were employed by Google as well as its subcontractor Cognizant but Google said that it wasn't responsible for the layoffs. In a video which has been widely shared on social media, YouTube data analyst Jack Benedict was seen pushing Austin City Council to support his union's negotiations with Google.

YouTube Music layoffs: A YouTube logo is seen.(Reuters)
YouTube Music layoffs: A YouTube logo is seen.(Reuters)

Read more: Google apologises to India over 'unreliable' Gemini results on PM Modi: Report

During his address, he was informed that his 43-person team including himself had been laid off. Jack Benedict told The Washington Post that he was “speechless, shocked and didn’t know what to do” but most importantly, he felt “anger" as the workers asserted that they had been shown the door following their advocacy and made an example of in order to ensure that more employees don't make similar demands. As per the report, the workers also said that they had not received any prior notice about their layoffs.

HT launches Crick-it, a one stop destination to catch Cricket, anytime, anywhere. Explore now!

Read more: RK Swamy IPO opens today: Check price band and other details here

Meanwhile, a Google spokesperson said in an email statement to The Verge, “Contracts with our suppliers across the country routinely end on their natural expiry date” while Cognizant said that their contract ended “naturally” and layoffs were a part of their business operations. The employees who have been fired will be given seven weeks of paid time to explore other roles within the company, it said.

This comes after YouTube Music contract workers had voted to unionise last year, demanding better pay and benefits. Workers also sought flexible return-to-office policies but Google had then refused to negotiate with the contract workers since they were “not Google employees.”

Discover the pivotal moments that shaped India's electoral journey on the Eras section of our exclusive Elections product. Access all content absolutely free on the HT App. Download now!
Stay informed on Business News, TCS Q4 Results Live, Jio Financial Services Q4 Results Live along with Gold Rates Today, India News and other related updates on Hindustan Times Website and APPs
SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Share this article
  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR
    author-default-90x90

    Follow the latest breaking news and developments from India and around the world with Hindustan Times' newsdesk. From politics and policies to the economy and the environment, from local issues to national events and global affairs, we've got you covered.

SHARE
Story Saved
Live Score
OPEN APP
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Tuesday, April 23, 2024
Start 14 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Follow Us On