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Google says employees on campus must be vaccinated – yet they brought workers here during lockdown

Yesterday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai emailed all employees regarding the company’s plans to re-open its offices around the world. The email states that all who are working on one of its “campuses” will need to be vaccinated.  This will apply immediately to the United States but “will expand to other regions in the coming months.”

From Sundar Pichai’s email to google employees

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The email was reported first on RTÉ with the bald headline that vaccination would be required for Google staff.



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Only later last night was the headline and the story amended to include a reference to this applying to staff in the United States.

A statement from Google Ireland that while they did not dissent from any of the particulars, and had “nothing specific to add to the plan,” that the requirement would vary according to “local conditions.”

Perhaps those who put out and publicised the original story had overlooked the fact that actually, it is not legal for employers in this state – as yet we ought to add – to require that their staff be vaccinated.  Not for the first time, members of the public were ahead of them on this.



It will be interesting then to see how this develops. Google and other major corporations who employ people here and have had their own creative approach to the local “work culture,” not to mention the tax regime, are not known for putting up with too much lackery from the natives. While there has been some hints from employers regarding certification, an IBEC survey published in May showed that only 5% of respondents stated that they would insist on vaccination.

Meanwhile, Google’s concern for abiding by all of the measures to control Covid might be placed alongside the fact that during the Lockdown, they continued to bring in workers from outside of the EU to work in Ireland.

Between the beginning of the restrictions back in March 2020 and the end of June this year, Google was issued with 381 work permits by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment. This it will be recalled was during a time when people living in Ireland were subject to the most stringent of conditions regarding even local travel within several miles of their homes, and when workers were required to produce evidence on their way to work at Garda checkpoints.

It might also be noted that the overall number of work permits issued in 2020, a total of 16,419, was actually higher than the number, 14,163 issued during 2019. As with other demographic changes including a proposal to grant an amnesty for illegal immigrants, the reshaping of Ireland in the interests of global corporations has not slowed.

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