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Activision Blizzard is starting collective bargaining with quality-assurance workers at its game studio Raven Software, after they voted in favor of unionizing. The Californian video-game maker is currently trying to close the $68.7bn acquisition offer from Microsoft, and has promised to fix internal issues amid allegations of …

  1. theOtherJT

    The tech industry needs a union...

    ...and has for a long time.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: The tech industry needs a union...

      Unions are the work of the devil and so is socialism - American Media.

    2. elsergiovolador Silver badge

      Re: The tech industry needs a union...

      The problem is that many IT workers see themselves running a company like the one they work for being dazzled by all the riches. They see workers able to unionise as a direct threat to their imaginary future business. They think once unionisation will be common, once they finally get their business up and running, they will never get the same profit as the company they currently work at.

      It is kind of stupid, because majority of the workers are so burnt out, they won't ever have energy to start a business, let alone run it and make a success of it. Especially when their wages are so low, they'll never save enough money to e.g. sustain an office and a couple of employees for a period when their new business won't bring any revenue.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: The tech industry needs a union...

      What's stopping you, personally, banding together with colleagues and forming one?

    4. MrMerrymaker

      Re: The tech industry needs a union...

      I agree.

      Everyone says this however.

      Nobody actually bothers. I'm in the gaming industry now, so this is good news!

      But you tech people. What are you waiting for? It's not going to be easy, but wishing won't make it so.

  2. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    "Workers were also told they could not discuss sexual harassment and discriminatin lawsuits"

    The company does not have the right to impose that.

    If you don't want your employees to talk about lawsuits, you need to make it so that there are none.

    And I don't mean by silencing the victims.

    1. TimMaher Silver badge
      Unhappy

      Re: "Workers were also told they could not discuss sexual harassment and discriminatin lawsuits"

      “Please sign this. It’s called a Non Disclosure Agreement.”

      1. imanidiot Silver badge

        Re: "Workers were also told they could not discuss sexual harassment and discriminatin lawsuits"

        Most civilized countries put limits on what can and cannot be limited through an NDA. In the US for instance the NLRA says that workers are allowed to discuss their salary ( sauce and section 7 of the NLRA). Limiting that through an NDA is thus not quite legal. Problem is, if you signed one and they come after you, you'll be fighting the issue through the courts and it's very likely to bankrupt you anyway even if you win

        In the UK there is S.77 Equality Act of 2010 (One sauce and the Gov.uk site) which makes it illegal to ban workers from discussing their pay with regards to discussion wage equality and fairness. So it's legal to prevent someone from boasting about how much they get paid, it's not legal to stop someone asking their co-worker what they get paid and whether they got a bonus because they feel they got shafted.

  3. elsergiovolador Silver badge

    Exploitation

    So Activision has ~10k employees. They get bought out for $68b.

    If you were to distribute that money equally across all employees, then each one would get life changing $6.8m.

    Is every employee ever going to earn $6.8m in their lifetime at the company? I highly doubt.

    Which means their workers are being exploited in my opinion.

    IT workers provide corporations with enormous ROI, but they ever see a tiny fraction of that money.

    Given that - unionising is not a bad idea. Shame we don't see more of that in the UK were wages are atrocious in comparison to corporate profits.

    1. computing

      Re: Exploitation

      > Is every employee ever going to earn $6.8m in their lifetime at the company? I highly doubt.

      No, *the employee* won't earn it for themselves, but their work earns their *employer* something in that range (say, a few million dollars in revenue in 10 years).

      Companies typically make many times (say, 2-10 times) more value from an employee than what they pay that employee.

      I support the unionisation effort because of their retaliation. Also, I think MS is overpaying.

  4. Steven Raith

    I wonder if Activision Blizzard...

    ...considers the Raven staff to be Heretics.

    Sorry.

    Steven R

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