1 May 2021 Discussion/Lecture Challenging Tech

International Perspectives on Organizing


Event location



01.05.2021, 19:00 - 20:30 Hr


Labour / Unions, Digital Transformation


Challenging Tech

In recent years, tech worker organizing has become prominent, most recently through the foundation of the Alphabet Workers Union (AWU) at Google. This new kind of labor movement has led to new types of activism and political demands in the tech sector, which for decades has remained largely unorganized.

What can workers, movements and unions learn from these developments on a transnational level? Together with a representative of the AWU and an organizer for the German union IG Metall, the event aims to bring the recent developments at Google in the United States in discussion with recent organizing efforts of tech workers in Germany. The event will also look at the legacy of white collar organizing in both countries and more broadly.

  • Raksha Muthukumar is a software engineer at Google in New York and spokesperson for AWU.

  • Sören Lieske is an organizer for IG Metall in the Berlin tech sector.

Join the Zoom conference

Registration is not necessary.

The event will be streamed online and recorded. The Q&A part of the event will be deleted afterwards.

The event is part of the discussion series «Challenging Tech» hosted by Zentrum emanzipatorische Technikforschung (ZET) and Rosa-Luxemburg.Stiftung.


Patrick Stary

Social Media/Contact Database/Digitalization, Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung

Phone: +49 30 44310 455