the employees take to the streets, the strike against the top management begins

After the allegations of harassment, machismo and toxic climate made against Activision by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the employees of the American giant have decided to call a strike to protest against the current leadership.

After presenting a letter with over two thousand signatories, Activision Blizzard employees have decided to call a strike scheduled for tomorrow 28 July to protest the “repugnant and offensive” response provided by the company’s top management regarding the serious allegations of sexism. and harassment by the California DFEH. The leadership had in fact officially replied by stating that the lawsuit “includes distorted and in many cases false descriptions of Blizzard’s past”.

The strike’s goals were expressed through an official statement: “Consider last week’s statements from Activision Blizzard and their legal counsel regarding the lawsuit against the DFEH, as well as Frances Townsend’s subsequent internal statement and the numerous stories shared by current and former employees, we believe that our values ​​as employees are not reflected in the words and actions of our leadership. As current Activison Blizzard employees we are organizing a strike to invite the management team to work with us on requests in order to improve the conditions of employees, especially women, especially those of color and transgender, non-binary people and other marginalized groups. “

The press release goes on to list the key requests:

  • End of mandatory arbitration clauses in all current and future contracts. Arbitration clauses protect abusers and limit victims’ ability to compensate.
  • Adoption of recruiting, interviewing, hiring and promotion policies designed to improve representation at all levels, agreed with employees under a diversity, equity and corporate inclusion regime. Current practices have led to groups vulnerable to gender discrimination not being employed fairly compared to men.
  • Publication of pay data (including profit sharing and dividends), promotion rates and salary ranges for employees of all genders and ethnicities. Current practices have led to the aforementioned groups not being paid and promoted fairly.
  • Enable an enterprise-wide diversity, equity and inclusion task force to hire a third party to oversee the ABK facility, human resources department and executive staff. Essential to identify systems that have failed to prevent harassment and to propose new solutions.
  • Employees will meet outside the gates of the Blizzard campus in Irvine and use the hashtag #ActiBlizzardWalkout.