World News – GB – Unions representing Blizzard workers called for strike


A trio of unions representing Blizzard employees in France have called a strike, following the company’s announcement of the closure of the Versailles office and putting hundreds of jobs at risk for pandemic Unions yesterday issued a statement calling on workers to strike « to defend our jobs and save our business »

In the joint statement by CGT, SPECIS-UNSA and CFE-CGC, unions say Blizzard has denied plans to shut down the office and accuse the company of actually planning it for a long time

« It is a shock for the employees who did not expect this announcement In 15 years, many of us have left our homes all over Europe and elsewhere to join the company, the people have truly invested their entire lives in the success of Blizzard « 

285 jobs will be cut, which the press release describes as « inconceivable » given the state of the job market thanks to the coronavirus Last year it cut hundreds of jobs in its offices in United States, especially in marketing and IT According to the statement, he also tried to cut 133 jobs in France, but was arrested by the court, and more jobs in March of this year, which he hasn’t been able to do yet The unions claim that management then voluntarily reduced the quality of working conditions, putting employees at risk

The unions representing Blizzard employees in France have called a strike tomorrow to protest against the plan to close the Versailles office # KEEPVERSAILLESOPEN #Blizzard #BlizzardFrance picTwittercom / Oj03P1mefn13 October 2020

The statement qualifies Blizzard’s decision to shut down the office, given that it is a leader in an industry that has resisted the coronavirus much better than others, « absurd » It suggests that a another reason, besides the impact of the pandemic, is at the heart of the decision, asserting that « the desire to avoid European tax rules by creating an ABK hub far from Europe in London seems a more likely explanation »

With this in mind, the unions demand that Blizzard cancel the closure, expand its European office and invest in the prevention of psychosocial risks

Players and streamers have also shown their support, saying they will not be checking out the World of Warcraft: Shadowlands pre-patch in solidarity with Blizzard employees It has been uploaded to North American servers yesterday and will appear in Europe today

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