Ooooh, get them!

Employees at Netflix halted work on Wednesday and staged a protest outside the company’s Los Gatos, California, headquarters to condemn the streaming platform’s handling of complaints against Dave Chappelle’s new special.

The actions – which hundreds participated in – are the latest in a string of highly visible organizing efforts in the tech sector, as workers increasingly take their grievances about company policies and decisions public.

“Three years ago, a worker walkout at a major tech company would have been unthinkable,” said Veena Dubal, a labor law professor at the University of California, Hastings. “White-collar workers across the world now understand their labor power, and their ability to change the unethical practices of their employer by withholding their labor.”

Some do get all hot and wet over the idea of labour power, don’t they?

Although it should be noted that they’ve not stopped the showing of Chappelle’s thing, have they?

10 thoughts on “Ooooh, get them!”

  1. ’ On Monday, the transgender employee resources group behind the walkout released a list of specific demands of Netflix, including more funding for trans creators, recruiting more diverse employees and flagging anti-trans content on the platform.’

    Thus ensuring many, many more of these walkouts and increasingly bizarre demands.

    Fire them. Hire non-woke employees or have the progressive knife at your throat forever, Netflix. You’ve seen where trying to appease them leads.

  2. @Addolff – but why move if you’re able to dictate company policy without any of the associated responsibility? Plenty of prior art with companies folding at the first hint of employee ‘demands’

    @JuliaM – maybe we shouldn’t be entirely dismissive of the ‘anti-trans’ tagging. If it’s searchable, might be a quick way to find the actually good/funny stuff… 😀

  3. ““Three years ago, a worker walkout at a major tech company would have been unthinkable,” said Veena Dubal, a labor law professor at the University of California, Hastings. “White-collar workers across the world now understand their labor power, and their ability to change the unethical practices of their employer by withholding their labor.””

    There’s clips of the rally on Twitter, and you could fit all the people in a taxi.

    I’ve met the odd commie in IT, but the politics are mostly Blair rightwards. And I would say there’s an overabundance of robust libertarians. Most people in the field like a) money b) cool tech to use. And if they don’t like what a company does, they just don’t join, or they quit.

  4. BoM4, I’ve seen some videos of the rally. Seem to be a bit more than a tax, more like a couple of buses. The ones I’ve seen are ones where there are counter protests supporting Dave.

    As for IT, don’t read The Register, loads of commies in the comments on there.

  5. Yes, El Reg has a curious readership, or should I say commentership, these days. Definitely not like most of the engineers I know, except for a few old stalwarts. Still the odd good article though so I do browse it.

  6. The good articles on ElReg are few and far between (and getting sparser). Almost all the reporters who knew their stuff have left, so it’s mostly regurgitated press releases (churnalism). I only read it for BOFH 🙂 .

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