World News – GB – Unions representing Blizzard Versailles employees call for strike


Three unions representing Blizzard employees in France have called a strike to protest the planned closure of the company’s Versailles office

A joint statement by CGT, SPECIS-UNSA and CFE-CGC claims Blizzard has denied plans to shut down the office and accused the company of planning the closure in secret The closure would result in the removal of 285 jobs, according to union statement

The unions representing Blizzard employees in France have called a strike tomorrow to protest against the planned closure of the Versailles office # KEEPVERSAILLESOPEN #Blizzard #BlizzardFrance picTwittercom / Oj03P1mefn

« In 15 years, many of us have left their homes in Europe and elsewhere to join the company, people have really invested their whole lives in the success of Blizzard, » the statement read.

« In these times of the Covid crisis, it is inconceivable to send 285 people to a booming labor market »

Union demands include the cancellation of the closure plan, the further development of workers in Europe and investments in the prevention of psychosocial risks DBLTAP has contacted Blizzard and will update this story with the company’s response to the call to strike

A previous attempt by Blizzard to cut 133 jobs in 2019 was quashed by French court ruling A second attempt to cut jobs in March this year also failed, according to union statement The unions further claim that studio management deliberately reduced the quality of working conditions, putting employees at risk

Unions have highlighted Blizzard’s position as one of the most successful companies in the video game industry, despite challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), as a reason to save jobs

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« The closure of the French company, supposed to preserve the competitiveness in a group which is already a leader [of its] industry seems all the more absurd as the video game industry has suffered less than many others in the Covid crisis, and even periods of confinement that increased their overall income « , we read

The union speculates that Blizzard hopes to avoid European tax rules by « setting up an ABK hub away from Europe in London » Blizzard also closed its office in The Hague earlier this year

Blizzard announced plans to close the Versailles office to employees on October 6 The company reportedly planned to move half the office to London, but Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic have prevented a smooth transition, this which led Blizzard to abandon the relocation project

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