Microsoft converts ZeniMax contractors to unionised workers

Microsoft converts ZeniMax contractors to unionised workers

Microsoft's good relations with unionised employees has seemingly continued.

As reported by Bloomberg, the company has made 23 contractors – who are part of the ZeniMax Workers United bargaining unit – full time employees. As a result, they will be receiving a salary increase of 22 per cent.

There were 77 contractors within the ZeniMax Workers United group; the remaining 54 freelancers are apparently being given temporary positions at Microsoft, including a $2.75-per-hour increase in wages, as well as other benefits such as paid sick days and holiday. The Communication Workers of America said that many of these contracted workers' roles were previously set to be terminated.

“It’s made it possible to give a lot of great benefits to a lot of great people and this is a great opportunity for people who normally would feel like they don’t have a voice,” said Zenimax Workers United's Aubrey Litchfield.

Staff at ZeniMax formed a bargaining unit of around 300 members of staff at the start of 2023. Parent company Microsoft previously entered into a neutrality agreement with the CWA so did not stand in the way of this union being created.

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