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Hundreds of Google Employees on Strike at Zurich Headquarters

Hundreds of Swiss Google employees went on strike at the company’s Zurich office on Wednesday after more than 200 of their colleagues were laid off.

Google parent company Alphabet announced plans to cut 12,000 jobs worldwide in January. That equates to 6 percent of the global workforce.

About 5,000 people work at the headquarters in Zurich. Workers there also went on strike last month to protest the layoffs. According to Syndicom, a trade union for the IT sector, more than 2,000 employees have offered to reduce their wages and working hours to prevent job losses.

But Google rejected this proposal, according to the union. “Our members at Google Zurich and all employees who took part in the strike show solidarity with those made redundant,” said a spokesman for Syndicom.

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