Union protest disrupts Cisco conference

Members of a US union disrupted the keynote speech of Cisco CEO John Chambers at the network equipment giant’s annual user conference on Tuesday with a protest against company lay-offs.

Representatives of the Service Employees International Union Local 1877 caused a disturbance as Chambers took to the stage at San Francisco’s Moscone Convention Centre, but were quickly removed.

The union members were reportedly protesting the recent lay offs of 75 janitorial staff at Cisco’s San Jose facility. However, Cisco insists that these redundancies were made by a contractor, not the company itself.

Pete Swabey

Pete Swabey

Pete was Editor of Information Age and head of technology research for Vitesse Media plc from 2005 to 2013, before moving on to be Senior Editor and then Editorial Director at The Economist Intelligence...

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