Ubisoft has new problems. After closing three unannounced games, postponing the release of Skull & Bones and the planned “targeted restructuring, divesting some non-core assets and usual natural attrition”, Ubisoft Paris employees may go on strike. So far, it is small, but things may change. This is reported by Gamesindustry.biz.
The trade union Solidaires Informatique, which protects the rights of workers in the fields of digital technologies, design offices, and video games, calls on the employees of Ubisoft Paris to go on 27 January 2023 for a 4-hour strike.
“When Mr. Guillemot speaks of ‘attrition’ and ‘organizational adjustments,’ it means: staff reductions, discreet studio closures, salary cuts, disguised layoffs, etc.,” Solidaires Informatique says.
In addition, the union notes that when Yves Guillemot, in a letter to staff, asks workers to “give their all” and be “as efficient and lean as possible,” this is essentially a call for overtime and pressure on workers.
Solidaires Informatique’s main demands include an immediate 10% increase in all wages to compensate for inflation and improved working conditions, including a four-day workweek. In addition, the union is calling for “transparency on the evolution of the workforce” whatever that means, and calls for an end to layoffs and “abusive managerial policies that push employees to resign.”
Stay afloat, Ubisoft! Stay afloat!