Unions in Europe call on Blizzard employees in France to strike against the closure of the Versailles office

    
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Unions in Europe call on Blizzard employees in France to strike against the closure of the Versailles office

Last week we had reported the unfortunate news that Blizzard would be shutting down an office in Versailles, France, displacing 285 employees who handled a variety of tasks for EU players including customer service, localization, and marketing duties among other things. Now, a letter shared by YouTube channel Taliesin & Evitel calls for employees of the office to go on strike against Activision-Blizzard to save the location and their jobs.

The letterhead comes from the CGT, SPECIS-UNSA, and CFC-CGC elected unions, which calls into question Acti-Blizz’s timing for the layoffs. “In 15 years, many of us left their homes from across Europe and beyond to join the company. Some of us have as much as 30 years of seniority and will face great difficulties finding a new job due to very little training and anticipation from the company” reads the letter. “In these times of Covid crisis, it is inconceivable to send 285 people on an unemployed market in turmoil.”

As a result, the unions are calling on employees of the branch office to go on strike today, October 14th, to demand the cancellation of the office’s closure, further development of activities in Europe, and more investments in efficient prevention of psycho-social risks.

For their part, members of the Taliesin and Evitel channel will not be streaming or playing World of Warcraft today as a show of solidarity for the Versailles employees. “I know this is largely symbolic, but sometimes symbolic gestures matter. Support matters, and solidarity matters,” reads one of the tweets. “And where I come from, you never cross a picket line.”

source: Twitter via Wowhead

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Eugeniu INFO

The strike/protest should be directed towards the US hq. However, I doubt this would have an efficient outcome.

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Armsman

Um…how is going on strike to to ‘save’ a studio office that’s closed?

I mean:

French Employees: “We’ll show you…we won’t show up for work!”

Blizzard: “Um…Okay, the studio is closed and you’re all laid off…knock yourselves out…”

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silverlock

They closed one office in France not all of them. They are calling on workers in the other French offices to strike.

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Armsman

Doh, my mistake. I didn’t know Blizzard had multiple studios in France. My bad.

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Arktouros

Not sure I really understand the strategy here.

Going on strike is meant to hurt the company by not working and showing the value of the employees and the work they do by withholding that work from the company. However they’re planning on closing the site meaning no work would be getting done there regardless. Like they’re literally planning to implement the scenario you’re threatening them with full time.

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Bruno Brito

As someone above said: One office is closing. The strike affects other studios in France.

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Java Jawa

It’s a business decision, folks are emotional and they have a right to be, bit nothing will change.

Just about every business in the world had been affected in the past 9 months.

It’s unfortunate, and I hope they at least get some severance pay.

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Utakata

So is the union action. Nothing personal. Just the nature of holding businesses to account when livelihoods are on the line. As unions are in the business to make sure those that they represent get money.

…wait, you didn’t think that cuts both ways? o.O

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Vaeris

It’s 2020. Most people have forgotten how businesses actually work. The point that the business has to be meeting its financial goals else it has to close some stuff down escapes folks.

No, many think there’s a magic money tree out there that forever gives businesses cash to pay employees so that the ONLY reason a company can lay people off is that they (company) are evil. The only acceptable employee exit is one initiated by the employee even if it is to the detriment to the company (not that I care personally on this last one but just to show hypocrisy).

It does suck, but that’s business for sure. And during this time when companies have to tighten belts just to stay alive I’m sure currently employed staff striking won’t be something that is forgotten either.

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Utakata

Yep, that’s why there is a need for unions. Thanks for confirming that. /shrug

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Java Jawa

Unions help workers attain certain rights. They do not prevent a company from down sizing. There’s only x amount of capital.

If your a business owner and your profits aren’t were they need to be to maintain your employees, all the unions in the world aren’t gonna do anything.

I agree unions are good in protecting the workers , this I just an unfortunate circumstance.

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Utakata

Yes, that maybe true. But it doesn’t hurt here for the union to take up something when government fails to step in and protect livelihoods of those most effected by this. Leaving workers to the whims of neo-liberal excesses and short comings that you guys are demonstrating in falling over each other in stanning it’s “virtues”, lol.

#GreedIsEternal

…that said, and barring unions, governments implementing full income redistribution programs would be the only viable option here. Thus companies can be left to do what whet they want, but with a forced lower profit margin…because well, they’ve proven themselves they’re not up to task of considering those most effected by their business decisions, otherwise. Nothing personal.

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rk70534

The “financial goals” businesses have are quite often very different what a person on the street – or a gamer before a computer – would think they are if asked.

Not a case of whether the business operation brings in more money than running it costs, but if it produces enough profit to hit an in-corporation goal often set arbitrarily.

Corporations close down factories and game studios that are profitable, both in the near and in the long-term, but which don’t bring ‘enough’ profit to hit the target which an ambitious CEO and the board have set.

Closing down a factory or game studio that is profitable, but not profitable ‘enough’ can and often is a message from the corporation CEO to the stock-holders and the market that under his leadership it’s aggressive in its goals and is not ready to accept just profits, it wants and demands big profits and will not accept anything less.

Basically the Wall Street example of an alpha male silverback gorilla beating its chest.

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Ironwu

Not a good idea, I think. This is not the wimpy French government.

This is Blizzard, and they will not take kindly to such tomfoolery, I bet.

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rk70534

Au contraire.

Giving Activision Blizzard negative publicity is the language it understands. It has been seen before.

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Bryan Correll

They’ve been hurt by bad publicity, but there’s not a lot of evidence that they’ve actually learned anything from the experience.

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Hostagecat

Amen…. and sadly thats the truth…. I so wish it was not!!!

I wish them all the luck in the world, but i am realistic in thinking this will go nowhere and sadly not save any jobs. However sad that statement is, that is the reality of the world we now live in.

My best wishes to all who lost their jobs

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McGuffn

It’s a tough hearthstone losing your jobs moment. Now, HOW ABOUT THAT DIABLO IMMORTAL!!!!