With Raven Software’s union election fast approaching, Activision Blizzard has been accused of breaking the union by threatening promotions and benefits.
Unions have become a hot topic in the gaming industry in recent years. Not only did early 2022 see groups of workers from different development studios such as Raven Software and Keywords Studios moving to form unions, but several major game developers such as Nintendo were accused of busting unions, with companies taking tough action against workers. looking to unionize. Now, with Activision Blizzard embroiled in its own union-related dilemma, similar accusations have begun to surface.
In January, quality assurance workers at Raven Software, a subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, a studio working on call to action franchise, starting to unionize after disputes related to the work culture and contract renewals. Activision has been accused several times since the beginning of the process of sharing anti-union rhetoric on its channels and the company’s law firm has even approached these employees. Now, a report from an anonymous Raven Software employee shows that Activision Blizzard has taken action against the union movement.
According to a recent report by The Washington Post, Activision Blizzard has made several efforts against the upcoming vote by Raven Software’s QA teams to unionize. The company has laid off 12 members of the quality control team since last December, with several more being transferred to different departments in an attempt to overturn the union election. The report also states that during a town hall meeting, Raven Software executives suggested that unionization could have effects on potential promotions and employee benefits, implying possible penalties following a successful vote.
Activision Blizzard taking disciplinary action against the formation of a union within its quality control teams would continue with its rhetoric until the election, as the company has repeatedly spoken out against the union. Activision Blizzard previously converted much of its QA team into full-time employees in an apparent attempt to dissuade its employees from unionizing.
While the Activision Blizzard union dispute has been one of the most important in recent months, the unionization effort follows a larger trend sweeping across the gaming industry and the tech industry as a whole. Last month, workers at an Atlanta Apple Store apply to unionize with the store looking to become the company’s first unionized retail store and several other companies in the gaming industry have seen similar efforts to unionize.
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Source: The Washington Post
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