The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Tech Workers Feeling the Pain

Jan 23, 2023

Google’s parent company announced 12,000 tech layoffs; Amazon announced 18,000 workers to be cut in tech jobs; Microsoft announced 10,000 layoffs, and Facebook’s parent company Meta announced 11,000 to be fired. Twitter got rid of half its staff when Elon Musk’s deal to buy it went through.

And ironically, Musk tweeted the bad news. Another big company laid people off by a Zoom meeting; other corporations have merely sent emails to tell workers they were losing their jobs. Yes, big tech has brought a lot of pain, and not only for those laid off.

Now we see that big tech, often announced as the new savior of humanity, is an industry just like all the others—it lays off, trying to get each person working to do the work of two! It tries to push down wages and benefits; it moves from state to state, depending on where tax benefits are best. Tech bosses are bosses, and live and die by how much profit they make.