Blizzard Employees Plan March & Strike This Wednesday | Games

employees of blizzard plan to stop general this Wednesday (28), to protest against the company’s board, which has not taken action on the accusations of a toxic work environment for women and other minorities. In the last days the Activision Blizzard was sued by the government of California, filing several complaints involving sexual and moral harassment.


Blizzard’s front should be taken over by employees this Wednesday (Image: Reproduction/Forbes)

On Tuesday (27), an open letter from employees to Blizzard management was published, signed by more than two thousand people – and counting. Now they plan to march outside the company, while folding their arms awaiting a position from their bosses.

Officials claim that the movement has no connection with a supposed union and that they do not intend to form a union. The strike is a spontaneous movement involving a large part of the workforce, which is dissatisfied with the situation and demands immediate changes.

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The protest was announced to international websites, which received a summons letter from officials.

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Given last week’s statements by Activision Blizzard, Inc. and its legal advisors regarding the DFEH process, as well as Frances Townsend’s subsequent internal statement and the many stories shared by current and former employees of Activision Blizzard since then, we believe that our values ​​as employees are not being accurately reflected in the words and actions of our leadership.

As employees of Activision Blizzard, we are taking a standstill to call on the executive leadership team to work with us on the following demands in order to improve conditions for the company’s employees, especially women, and in particular black and transgender women, non- binary and other marginalized groups.

1. End of mandatory arbitrary clauses in all employment contracts, current and future. Arbitration clauses protect abusers and limit victims’ ability to seek restitution.

2. The adoption of recruitment, interviewing, hiring and promotion policies designed to improve representation among employees at all levels, agreed upon by employees in a company-wide Diversity, Equity and Inclusion organization. Current practices have led women, in particular women of color and trans women, non-binary people and other marginalized groups who are vulnerable to gender discrimination, not being fairly hired for new roles compared to men.

3. Publication of data on relative compensation (including equity grants and profit sharing), promotion rates, and salary ranges for employees of all genders and ethnicities in the company. Current practices have meant that the aforementioned groups have not been paid or promoted fairly.

4. Enable a company-wide Diversity, Equity and Inclusion task force to hire a third party to audit ABK’s reporting structure, the HR department and the executive team. It is imperative to identify how current systems have failed to prevent employee harassment and propose new solutions to address these issues.

The protest must take place throughout the day. The situation is not exactly new: a similar case occurred in 2019, when employees of the Riot Games planned a stoppage after similar allegations that Blizzard now receives.

With information: Kotaku.

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