Activision Blizzard employees will be staging a strike to protest the company’s leadership and support the state of California’s lawsuit on charges of harassment and bullying.
The strike takes place tomorrow, July 28th, on the Blizzard campus in Irvine, California.
Along with the news of the strike, company employees published an official statement with a list of demands that company executives should adhere to (thank you, GI.biz).
According to the staff, the strike was due in part to statements made by Activision Blizzard last week about the lawsuit, as well as comments from Frances Townsend in an internal email.
The other reason for the strike is to show solidarity with current and former employees through shared stories and because they do not believe that they are valued as employees based on the words and deeds of current management.
The demands of the employees require the company to improve the conditions for all employees, especially for women, transgender women, women of color and other marginalized groups.
You want to end mandatory arbitration in employee contracts – now and in the future. According to the staff, these clauses protect the perpetrators and limit the victims’ options for redress.
The desire to improve company policies on recruitment and promotion is also mentioned, as workers indicate that substitution is not considered. According to the list of demands, current practices have resulted in marginalized groups being discriminated against compared to men and not being fairly recruited for new roles. The employees want a diversity, equity & inclusion organization in the company in order to improve representation at all levels.
Employees also want Activision Blizzard to release data on salary and profit sharing across the company based on gender and ethnicity. The practices in the company are intended to result in the above groups not being fairly paid or nurtured.
After all, employees want the company’s DE&I organization to hire a third party to review the reporting structure, executives, and HR. Employees say this is “imperative” as it shows how the company’s current system has failed when it comes to employee harassment.
The strike will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pacific, and protesters are asking those who stand by them to donate to charities such as Futures without Violence, Black Girls Code, RAINN, Girls Who Code, Women in Games International and Women In Animation .
Due to the current climate at Blizzard, virtually all work on World of Warcraft has ceased and over 2,000 current and former employees have signed a petition condemning Activision Blizzard’s response to the California lawsuit.