As Activision Blizzard faces multiple sexual harassment lawsuits as well as investigations, employee activists gathered to gain a seat on the company’s board to represent the voice of the staff. Despite big wins, as Raven Software QA testers victory in the first trade union elections in a major US gaming company, shareholders rejected the organizers’ demand to give employees voting rights on the board of directors. Just 5% of shareholders voted for on extending seats on the board of directors to employees.
The bad news for employee activists didn’t stop there. In November Wall Street Journal report found that Activision Blizzard’s top executives failed to notify the board of directors of the alleged rape at the company, and a group of minority shareholders demanded that board members Brian Kelly and Robert Morgado step down by the end of 2021. Now, a few months later, they were re-elected to the boardalong with controversial CEO Bobby Kotick.
Shareholders, however, have approved a proposal by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli that would require the gaming giant to share information on employee compensation, total number of sexual harassment settlements, total pending complaints, and overall culture improvement progress.
This proposal could force Activision Blizzard to take some responsibility. But it’s also company advice that examined himself and found that he had done nothing wrong, in addition to “some confirmed cases of gender-based harassment”. However, messages about toxic behavior, attempt union busting as well as employee unrest in Activision Blizzard are rampant.
As more technical workers achieve historic success in organizing unions, for example unionization Apple Store this week – A move led by Raven Software QA testers could continue at Activision Blizzard. microsoft, prospective buyer Activision Blizzard has entered labor neutrality agreement last week with Communication Workers of America, which helped unionize Raven Software workers. Under this agreement, Microsoft will not actively prevent employees from organizing unions.
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