Solidaires Informatique calls for half-day strike at Ubisoft Paris

Solidaires Informatique calls for half-day strike at Ubisoft Paris

French union Solidaires Informatique has called for workers at Ubisoft Paris to strike for a half day.

In a post on Twitter, the organisation said that this is in response to a letter sent to staff from CEO Yves Guillemot, in which he asked staff to be "especially careful and strategic with your spending".

That's on top of "attrition" and "organisational adjustments," which Solidaires Informatique state is code for "staff reductions, discreet studio closures, salary cuts, disguised layoffs"

The union says that Guillemot is trying to "shift the blame" onto staff, in addition to pressuring them to "give it our all" – something that Solidaires Informatique equates with "overtime, managerial pressure, burnout".

Solidaires Informatique is calling for a half-day strike on the afternoon of Friday, January 27th. It is also demanding a ten per cent increase in pay, as well as the implementation of a four-day working week.

That's on top of transparency about what is happening within its workforce and a commitment to stop using "disguised dismissals" and a condemnation of "abusive managerial policies."

Disclaimer: Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist and writer who has worked with Ubisoft in the past. 

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