New Delhi, March 4 -- Google has removed a section of employees from its YouTube Music team who held a prolonged protest this year, demanding better pay from the company.

According to a report by The Verge, the Alphabet Workers Union-CWA said the employees were laid off by Google contractor Cognizant in Austin, Texas, which was responsible for approving music content for YouTube Music.

Over 40 employees of YouTube Music went on a strike in February last year, demanding changes to Google's return-to-work policy.

According to the Alphabet Workers Union-CWA, many remote workers of the YouTube Music were paid as little as $19 an hour.

However, Google spokesperson Courtenay Mencini told The Verge that the decision to cut the team did not l...