Game Workers Australia becomes formal union

Game Workers Australia becomes formal union

GWU Australia is relaunching as Game Workers Australia.

In a post on its website, the organisation said that it was partnering with the long-running Professionals Australia to become a trade union. It's unclear when Game Workers Australia will be formally launching.

"By becoming a member of the newly formed Game Workers Australia, you’ll become a formal trade union member of Professionals Australia and have access to support, services and solidarity that will help you at your workplace," the union wrote.

"We will retain our free membership tier, and continue to offer the same assistance that we currently offer to anyone in need who approaches us.

"But with the power of Professionals Australia behind us, we’ll be able to do so much more – take legal action to defend our members against underpayments, discrimination and bullying, organise collective agreements at workplaces, and lobby governments and industry on an equal playing field with studio owners and publishers."

This is the latest win for the unionisation drive around the global games industry. Back in 2018, the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain opened a video games industry chapter.

PCGamesInsider Contributing Editor

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 joined Steel Media as the editor for new site In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.


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