Activision Blizzard employees participating today work stoppage have issued a statement that while they are "satisfied" with the change in the tone of the company, last night's CEO Bobby Kotick's statement "does not address the critical elements at the heart of the employee concerns ".
The contest, announced yesterday, is a protest against Activision Blizzard's response to a lawsuit filed last week alleging widespread discrimination, sexual harassment and a "frat frat" culture in the company. After nearly a week of silence, Kotick said yesterday that his company's initial response to the lawsuit, in which Frances Townsend, a compliance officer, dismissed the allegations as "a false and false image of (Activision Blizzard) , including factually incorrect, old and out of context stories, some from more than a decade ago "—era"frankly to deaf", according to Kotick. It also promised an immediate review of the company's policies and procedures and investigations into all claims of misconduct. Activision Blizzard has offered free time for all employees involved in the test.
Employees who took part in the strike acknowledged that the change of tone is welcome, but said Kotick's statement on Tuesday evening was not enough.
"Today's outing will prove that this is not a one-time event that our leaders can ignore," the statement said. "We will not return to silence; we will not be appeased by the very processes that have brought us to this point.
"This is the beginning of a lasting movement for better working conditions for all employees, especially women, particularly women of color and transgender women, non-binary people and other marginalized groups. ".
Activision Blizzard organizers have just released a statement in response to Bobby Kotick CEO's email to staff describing the company's response as "deaf" pic.twitter.com/64D7w8PhOLJuly 28, 2021
The employee statement also calls for a "quick" response to four requests made during yesterday's departure announcement:
- The end of forced arbitration for all employees
- Participation of workers in the supervision of recruitment and promotion policies
- The need for greater wage transparency to ensure equality
- Selection of a third party by employees to audit the processes of human resources and other companies
This fourth application may be in progress on Activision Blizzard. In Kotick's statement, the CEO identified that he had been asked by a law firm to "review our policies and procedures immediately to ensure that we have and maintain best practices to promote a respectful and inclusive workplace ". It is unclear, however, whether Activision Blizzard's human resources department would be the focus of this review.
Along with the actual outing, remote employees and supporters are also being encouraged to participate in the event by sharing #ActiBlizzWalkout hashtag on social media and avoiding games posted by Activision-Blizzard.