Activision Blizzard employees stage strike over cancellation of vaccination order - Bark Sedov

Activision Blizzard employees stage strike over cancellation of vaccination order

Workers want Activision Blizzard to reverse its decision and allow employees to work from home.

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Earlier today, it was reported that Activision Blizzard would be lifting its vaccination mandate, allowing employees to return to the office later this year without proof of vaccination. As Covid numbers rise again, many in the industry have condemned the move, claiming if someone got sick it could “get away with it and cost weeks of sick leave”. It seems like a large proportion of Activision Blizzard’s own employees are agreeing, now that a strike is planned for next week.

The strike, which was announced via ABetterABK’s Twitter account, is scheduled to take place on April 4, and the participating employees have three demands from Activision Blizzard. The first is for the publisher to reverse its decision to lift its vaccination mandate and have people show proof of vaccination before they’re allowed back into the office.


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ABetterABK’s other two claims relate to the publisher’s stance on working from home. Employees participating in the walkout are demanding that Activision Blizzard offer home office as a “permanent solution” and want the publisher to let individual employees choose whether to work from home or in the office.

It’s been suggested by some around Activision Blizzard that the publisher’s recent effort to get everyone back into the office is to allow supervisors to keep tabs on union efforts. Activision Blizzard has been accused of doing everything in its power to stop workers’ attempts to organize, including separating workers into different departments and hiring anti-union law firms.

At the time of writing, Activision Blizzard has yet to respond to widespread condemnation of lifting the vaccination mandate or the strike itself. If you look at the past, the publisher is likely to stand firm and the strike is likely to happen. We will keep you informed as the situation develops.

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