According to an email seen by The Guardian told the company's Adrienne Crowther workers the delay was necessary. "We want it to be as simple as turning a switch and turning this around tomorrow," she wrote. A spokeswoman confirmed the changes, but said they had been in development "for a while" and that most partners would respect the new terms by 2020.
The rebellion came partly from Google's March 8 decision to shorten the contracts of 34 temp workers. on the Google Assistant personality team (ie, those who decide how AI responds to questions). This not only left them scrambling for work, but highlighted the absence of safety nets. Google did not even offer full-time employees support without concern that the company could be held "legally responsible", the workers letter said. A leader eventually managed full-time employees to sympathize with temps.
This will not necessarily satisfy contractors, though. They have noted that Google did not address important requirements in the letter, including requests to pay the length of the original contracts, and convert temporary workers to full-time status. Google said it already "works [s] to" temporarily "transition to full-time positions, but it doesn't seem like they 34 are losing their jobs. In that light, the new standards are not likely to end the problem.