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Staff at Just Cause studio Avalanche unionising

Staff at Just Cause studio Avalanche unionising

More than 100 developers at Sweden's Avalanche Studios are forming a union.

As reported by IGN, these members of staff have joined the Unionen trade union and are currently in negotiations with Avalanche management for a new contract. Earlier this year, these employees formed a "club" or local union board to bargain with the studio's management.

The over 100 staff joining Unionen represents roughly a fifth of Avalanche's total employees.

"We (by which I mean the board of the local union branch) are very hopeful about the prospect of signing a collective bargaining agreement, and believe that this will be a great step towards ensuring that the thoughts, ideas, feelings, and opinions of Avalanche's employees are given the representation that they deserve," a rep for the Avalanche union said.

"We look forward to working together with company leadership to make the company better."

An Avalanche rep added: "As an employer, we’re committed to creating the best possible conditions for all Avalanchers to thrive. We support and welcome any initiative that goes in this direction. This also means that we listen, invite dialogue, and encourage people to bring forward their perspectives and needs. After all, it’s thanks to each and every Avalancher that we’re able to make the great games we’re known for."

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