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Tech industry unionisation

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1339: tabled on 12 January 2021

Tabled in the 2019-21 session.

This motion has been signed by 30 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House welcomes and celebrates the creation of the Alphabet Workers Union and the unionisation of hundreds of Google workers in Silicon Valley; condemns the victimisation and harassment of any worker that is seeking to have their basic right to organise and collective bargaining recognised, and aggressive behaviour by companies in the tech industry that dissuades and prevents workers from unionising; notes that Google hired a consultancy known for anti-union activity, and the US National Labor Relations Board’s complaint against Google which includes accusations of illegally spying on employees, and firing employees for attempting to unionise; recognises the growing power of the tech industry, its expansion into civic space, and the largely unregulated control tech companies have over online speech, privacy, and personal data; supports the extension of democracy into workplaces through unionisation and the progressive influence workers can have on tech companies; and calls on the Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade to publicly support Google’s employees in trade negotiations with the US Government, and to advocate in these negotiations that the USA raises its labour standards and strengthens the rights of all workers, including the right to unionise.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Whitley, Mick
Labour
Signed on 13 January 2021
Birkenhead
Sharma, Mr Virendra
Labour
Signed on 13 January 2021
Ealing, Southall
Day, Martyn
Scottish National Party
Signed on 13 January 2021
Linlithgow and East Falkirk
Mearns, Ian
Labour
Signed on 13 January 2021
Gateshead
Long Bailey, Rebecca
Labour
Signed on 13 January 2021
Salford and Eccles
Barker, Paula
Labour
Signed on 13 January 2021
Liverpool, Wavertree
Russell-Moyle, Lloyd
Labour
Signed on 13 January 2021
Brighton, Kemptown
Cruddas, Jon
Labour
Signed on 13 January 2021
Dagenham and Rainham
Carden, Dan
Labour
Signed on 13 January 2021
Liverpool, Walton
Cryer, John
Labour
Signed on 13 January 2021
Leyton and Wanstead
Brennan, Kevin
Labour
Signed on 13 January 2021
Cardiff West
Winter, Beth
Labour
Signed on 13 January 2021
Cynon Valley
Blake, Olivia
Labour
Signed on 13 January 2021
Sheffield, Hallam
Osborne, Kate
Labour
Signed on 13 January 2021
Jarrow
Johnson, Kim
Labour
Signed on 13 January 2021
Liverpool, Riverside
Sultana, Zarah
Labour
Signed on 14 January 2021
Coventry South
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 14 January 2021
Brighton, Pavilion
Begum, Apsana
Labour
Signed on 18 January 2021
Poplar and Limehouse
Yasin, Mohammad
Labour
Signed on 18 January 2021
Bedford
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 18 January 2021
Arfon
Saville Roberts, Liz
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 18 January 2021
Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Lake, Ben
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 18 January 2021
Ceredigion
Morris, Grahame
Labour
Signed on 19 January 2021
Easington
Ribeiro-Addy, Bell
Labour
Signed on 20 January 2021
Streatham

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.