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Report: French unions argue cut Blizzard jobs are necessary as firm tries to move them to Ireland

Report: French unions argue cut Blizzard jobs are necessary as firm tries to move them to Ireland

Worker unions in France have argued that Blizzard is trying to save money by moving jobs from Versailles to Ireland.

That's according to People Make Games' Chris Bratt (below), who met with French union reps earlier this month who are fighting the World of Warcraft maker over the 134 members of staff whose jobs are under the knife. These were part of the roughly 800 roles that Activision Blizzard announced were being cut in February 2019. 209 of these were in Blizzard's US business, as revealed by PCGamesInsider.biz in the past.

The unions are reportedly arguing that these jobs are being axed altogether, rather being moved to its Cork, Ireland office. These roles are being offered to the French employees who already hold them, but this would involve relocating and moving countries.

Bratt says union reps find this particularly insulting given how much Activision Blizzard CEO Robert Kotick earns each and every year. Blizzard declined to comment on the story.

Unions are also arguing for better severance pay, with Blizzard reportedly paying the legal minimum when it is boasting of record financial performance. That's on top of the body pushing for better treatment of the staff who still have their jobs at Blizzard.

The full video is below:


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Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he was hired to launch PCGamesInsider.biz for Steel Media before departing the firm in October 2019.

He has also written for GamesIndustry.biz, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.

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