More than 200 employees of Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc have formed a labour union called the “Alphabet Workers Union” to promote workplace equity and ethics in the United States and Canada. The group will collect the dues of 1 per cent of the total compensation from the protesting members and the fund will be used for organising labour strike, covering legal support and wages of the members.

According to a Google engineer from the San Francisco Bay Area, Chewy Shaw, the aim of the union is to create pressure on the management to make required changes to deal with the workplace issues.

“Our goals go beyond the workplace questions of ‘Are people getting paid enough?’ Our issues are going much broader. It is a time where a union is an answer to these problems,” Shaw, who is also acting as vice chair of the union’s leadership council, told The New York Times.

Google’s director of people operations Kara Silverstein came up with a response as saying: “We’ve always worked hard to create a supportive and rewarding workplace for our work force. Of course, our employees have protected labor rights that we support. But as we’ve always done, we’ll continue engaging directly with all our employees.”

According to industry expert Veena Dubal, who is a law professor at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, the union meant a “powerful experiment” in such a major tech company.

“If it grows — which Google will do everything they can to prevent — it could have huge impacts not just for the workers but for the broader issues that we are all thinking about in terms of tech power in society,” she said.