QA workers at Activision have been the protagonists of various important news in the videogame industry during the last months. From unforeseen dismissals, going through strikes, until the formation of a union. After several complicated moments, it was recently announced that the company of Bobby Kotick has granted full-time contracts to more than a thousand employees of this division, which can be seen as a victory, but not everything is as good as it seems.
Through a statement, Activision Blizzard revealed that 1,100 employees who were responsible for the QA area in this company have passed to have full-time contracts, since previously were only contracted by project, and their minimum wage has been increased to $ 20 dollars the time . This was what Josh Taub said, CEO of Activision Publishing, about it:
“I am pleased to announce that we are converting all temporary and contingent quality control workers based in the USA. UU in full-time employees (FTE). We are increasing your hourly rate at a minimum of $ 20 per hour and providing access to all the benefits of the company, and will be eligible to participate in the company’s bonus program “.
This movement has benefited 90% of employees who previously did not have a full-time contract. So far, everything sounds very good, and means that Activision Blizzard has heard the complaints that have externated their workers for years. However, the interesting thing is that these improvements are not available for those who are part of the Raven Software union.
In a statement for Bloomberg, a representative of Activision Blizzard noted that salary changes will not be applied to QA workers of the company who are currently trying to syndicalize “due to legal obligations under the National Labor Relations Law”.
In this sense, this was what Sara Steffens, Secretary-Treasurer of Workers of the Communication from America, or CWA, said for its acronym in English:
“Do not make mistake, all credit for the last movement of Activision Blizzard to give all temporary and contingent members of the quality control team a full-time job and an increase should go to workers who have been organizing, Mobilizing and raising his voice. It is especially irritating that Activision has excluded Raven’s quality control workers from Raven Software, who have been at the head of this effort, of these benefits. The affirmation of the company that the National Labor Relations Law prevents them from including Raven workers is clearly an effort to divide workers and undermine their effort to form a union. “
While the hiring of more than a thousand employees is something positive, is also a practice that is focused on destabilizing the Raven Software union . For its part, the last thing that we learned about this organization is that the whole study should be part of the union, or this organization would be impossible to realize.
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It is difficult to take a posture on this occasion. Although, on the one hand, it is magnificent that the employees finally have a complete contract, which increases them from salary and provides several improvements in their work life, excluding union workers is a strong coup focused on convincing the People leaving their sidewall. The only thing that is clear is the malevolent mind that directs Activision Blizzard.