About Big Tech's huge caste system
Ten Democratic senators have written to Google and asked it to do right by its temporary workers. The lawmakers – among them presidential wannabes Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren – told the company that its 120,000 temps (Google’s ‘shadow workforce’ according to a recent New York Times article) appear different from full-time staff in name only, and thus they should be treated equally.
So, the senators are asking Google to turn temporary workers into full-time employees after six months on the books. They also want to see equal wages and benefits for all types of staff. In addition, not unreasonable, they believe the company should hire contractors solely for work that isn’t already done by full-time employees.
How has Google responded to this missive?
Naturally, it says it treats contractors well. Plus it reckons that being a temp isn’t necessarily a route to a full-time job – so there!
Temp workers accounts for up to half of workers at the majority of technology firms, according to OnContracting, which believes a company can save $100,000 a year per job by using a contractor rather than a full-timer.
Pradeep Chauhan, who runs OnContracting, told the NYT that the practice was “creating a caste system inside companies”.