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Irate Google workers lash out over compensation and removal of office bidets 

Google Directors would oppose a barrage of tough questions about compensation at a recent City Hall meeting, while a separate controversy over the removal of bidets from corporate toilets is rolling out the tech giant’s staff.

At a virtual all-hands meeting earlier this month, CEO Sundar Pichai and other execs faced multiple angry questions about wage dissatisfaction, according to a CNBC report on Thursday.

It comes after Google announced last summer that it would reduce pay packages for employees who choose to work remotely on a permanent basis, in order to adjust their compensation in line with the local market in which they live.

Meanwhile, employees planning to return to the office next month are angry that luxury heated bidets are being removed from Google’s headquarters toilets in Mountain View, Californiaaccording to Protocol.

Reached by DailyMail.com, a Google spokesperson declined to address the bidet issue, but said: ‘We know our employees have a lot of choices about where they work, so we work to make sure they are very well compensated. ‘

At a virtual meeting earlier this month, CEO Sundar Pichai and other executives raised several angry questions about salary dissatisfaction

Other employees are angry that Google is removing bids, as seen above, from their California offices, in an apparent move to save water

Other employees are angry that Google is removing bids, as seen above, from their California offices, in an apparent move to save water

Apparently, the topic of the bidets has dominated an internal Google employee message board where employees post memes.

One meme reviewed by Protocol reads: ‘Removing bidets in the office is my # 2 problem with RTO (back to office).’

‘I read the memes and found out they removed the bidets from the California offices ?!’ wrote one Google employee on Twitter. “I’m overwhelmed.”

For years, the high tech Toto brand bidets and heated home chairs have been one of the most cherished benefits of working for Google.

The bidets will first be removed from Bay Area offices, with the rest of California following suit, and staff speculated the move had something to do with building regulations in the state.

Google facility professional Edgar Tovar would respond to internal concerns about removing bids by declaring that the move is in line with Google’s environmental goals.

For years, visitors to Google's offices have wondered about the high-tech bidets in the bathrooms

For years, visitors to Google's offices have wondered about the high-tech bidets in the bathrooms

For years, visitors to Google’s offices have wondered about the high-tech bidets in the bathrooms

“The removal of bidet chairs has the added benefit of supporting Google’s commitment to water sustainability,” Tovar wrote. ‘Many of our buildings are migrating to recycled water systems that can not support bidets.’

Google has asked employees to start returning to their U.S. offices in the week of April 4, but has set a plan to keep up to 20 percent of workers on a permanent basis remotely.

Separately, at the town hall virtual meeting earlier this month, several of the top questions asked by employees related to compensation.

Referring to a recent employee survey that found satisfaction with compensation at just 46 percent, one question with the highest votes asked: ‘Compensation-related questions showed the biggest decline of last year, what is your understanding of why that is?’

According to CNBC, Google’s vice president of ‘Total Rewards’, Bret Hill, responded by saying ‘there are some macroeconomic trends at play’.

Staff angry that luxury heated bidets are being removed from Google's headquarters toilets (above) in Mountain View, California

Staff angry that luxury heated bidets are being removed from Google’s headquarters toilets (above) in Mountain View, California

“It’s a very competitive market and you’ll probably hear anecdotal stories from colleagues who get better deals at other companies,” he added.

Hill said people ‘feel the effects of inflation in their own lives’ and ‘deal with location changes and the effects there’, referring to the wage cuts for some remote workers.

A Google spokesman told DailyMail.com on Friday that the company places a priority on ensuring that employees are “very well compensated”.

“That is why we have always provided the highest compensation on salary, equity, leave and a suite of benefits,” the spokesman said in a statement.

“Getting employee feedback is important and we will continue to make sure we pay competitively wherever our employees work and help them grow their careers at Google.”

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