One day after he handed out an open letter condemning the company’s “disgusting and offensive” response to a harassment lawsuit from the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), Activision Blizzard employees plan to hold a walk. According to Kotaku, at least 50 employees will personally protest the company ‘s recent actions and call on it to leave their jobs at least temporarily on Wednesday, July 28, at least to improve working conditions for women. The Activision Blizzard Walkout will be held in person at Blizzard Headquarters in Irvine, California, and online, and the first will take place between 10:00 and 14:00 PT.
“We encourage employees to take as much freedom as they feel free,” a group spokesman said Kotaku. “Most of us plan to take a full day off (without pay), but we understand that some people like performers and collaborators, and those who are paid less than they deserve may not be able to do so.”
In a statement of intent shared by the group with the branch, they call on Activision Blizzard to end the use of forced arbitration for all current and future employees, adopt new employment policies designed to increase company-wide representation, publish compensation transparency data and hire an independent firm to perform an examination of the HR department of studies and executive staff.
Employees in the technology and video game industry have increasingly turned to people advocating change in their companies. In conversation with Axios, workers participating in tomorrow ‘s action quoted a protest by Riot Games employees held in 2019. for the place of compulsory arbitration. They said they “follow the people who came before us, especially Riot, and what they succeeded and what they didn’t”.
The walks showed effective in encouraging companies to make changes. However, they are not without risk for those who organize them. In 2019, after protests by some of its employees due to inactivity on climate change, Amazon announced its the first climate promise. However, after the announcement, the company fired two employees who led the action, the action National Labor Relations Committee was discovered illegal earlier this year.
If you want to support those who are protesting tomorrow, you can do so using the hashtag #ActiBlizzWalkout on social media.
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