On December 6, members of Raven Software program’s QA division walked off the job to protest the layoff of 12 QA employees on the firm. Whereas the walkout rapidly attracted help from other Activision Blizzard studios and spurred extra forceful discuss of unionization on the firm, it has apparently not but drawn a proper response from Activision Blizzard higher administration.
In a letter shared Tuesday by way of the ABK Staff Alliance Twitter account, the putting employees stated that they “haven’t had any communication from management” relating to their demand that the laid-off staff be supplied full-time positions.
“We have now emphasised that our demonstration is finished with one of the best pursuits of the studio (and all initiatives on which the studio works) in thoughts,” the putting Raven employees wrote. “The downsizing of the Raven QA division with out enter from anybody inside the division is regarding to us and others all through the corporate. Within the curiosity of constructing constructive change for Raven, we wish to attain out to management to debate the present state of affairs.”
The employees listed three specifics they wish to talk about with Activision Blizzard administration: The main points of their demand and expectations from either side; relocation packages for workers who moved to Wisconsin to work at Raven; and “the context of the state of affairs” from administration perspective, together with management objectives for Raven’s QA division.
“Tell us when you’ll be able to have a dialog,” the letter concludes. “We would like to have the ability to foster a clear and trusting relationship at this studio.”
As we speak is the third week wherein staff throughout the corporate are putting in solidarity with Raven QA in response to shock layoffs. Having had no response from our management, Raven QA despatched the next letter earlier in the present day. #WeAreRaven pic.twitter.com/e9AjbpuiJNJanuary 4, 2022
In an e mail despatched to PC Gamer, an Activision Blizzard spokesperson stated the corporate is “deeply dedicated to the wellbeing of all of our groups, together with our QA workforce,” and famous that Raven administration “has engaged in dialogue with its employees to listen to issues and clarify the corporate’s total funding in improvement assets.”
“As beforehand introduced, we’re rising our total funding in improvement and operations assets and changing practically 500 short-term employees to full-time staff throughout our studios, the most important conversion in Activision’s historical past,” the spokesperson stated.
“For the 12 short-term employees at Raven whose agreements weren’t prolonged, we supplied an prolonged discover interval, included cost for the two-week vacation break, and will likely be working straight with people who want relocation help. Raven is filled with individuals devoted to bettering the tradition at Activision, and we stay up for partnering with staff to do this work collectively.”
Whereas positively worded, the assertion would seem like a rejection of the putting employees’ “singular demand”: That every one members of Raven’s QA division be transformed to full time staff, together with the 12 who have been let go. Happily for the putting employees, the fundraiser launched in December to help the work stoppage has been a convincing success, and at the moment stands at greater than $361,000 raised.
I’ve reached out to the ABK Staff Alliance for remark, and can replace if I obtain a reply.