Raven Software ends QA strike in light of unionization • Eurogamer.net

“Appreciate all the community support throughout the strike! »

Raven Software’s QA team has ended its strike.

As Matt helpfully summarized for us a few days ago, the strike began when around a third of the QA team was laid off in December. The layoffs – coming after a five-week streak of overtime and a predicted year-end slump – came as Activision allegedly promised the team it was working on a pay restructuring to raise salaries. wages.

Now QA testers at Wisconsin-based Activision Blizzard’s Raven Software studio have announced their intention to form a workers’ union, however, the collective ABK Workers Alliance has announced their intention to end the strike” pending the recognition of our union”.

“Pending recognition from our union, the Raven QA strike is over. Unused strike funds are being stored for future organizing/strike efforts,” the ABK Workers Alliance announced on Twitter earlier today.

“We will post or retweet everything GW[A] updates here. Appreciate all the community support throughout the strike!”

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Activision Blizzard appeared to play down the news of the unionization, saying it was “carefully considering the request for voluntary recognition from the CWA, which is seeking to unionize about three dozen of the company’s approximately 10,000 employees.”

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced it was buying the beleaguered Activision Blizzard for $70 billion. In response, the ABK Worker’s Alliance called the acquisition “surprising”, but said it had not changed its objectives. “[We] remain committed to fighting for the betterment of the workplace and the rights of our employees, whoever is in financial control,” he insisted in a statement.

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