‘Almost entirely useless’: Union hits out at tech firms’ handling of layoff talks

Financial Services Union says employers deliberately frustrated collective redundancy negotiations amid wave of layoffs at Google, Meta and others

Mark Zuckerberg: Meta was among several Big Tech companies to impose layoffs in 2023. Picture: Getty

Collective redundancy talks held by Google, Meta, Microsoft and other Big Tech firms over the last year have been “almost entirely useless” and have denied workers proper representation, a trade union has claimed.

The Financial Services Union (FSU), which advised employees at major tech companies during a wave of mass layoffs in 2023, has strongly criticised the 30-day collective redundancy process held by companies imposing job cuts.

In a new report, the FSU canvassed the ...