Murderer’s Creed: SyndicateScreenshot: Ubisoft
Ubisoft hasn’t had the perfect couple of years. A string of flops and disappointments means the corporate isn’t in the perfect form because it heads into 2023, so in an try to get everybody firing final week CEO Yves Guillemot despatched an e mail to employees telling them “The ball is in your court docket”. It didn’t go down properly.
It was, actually, about as unhealthy as one in all these emails can get, doing every thing from blaming employees for poor outcomes to advocating for further work. Because of this, the union Solidaires Informatique—which has members at Ubisoft’s Paris places of work—has referred to as for a strike subsequent week.
The union is looking the strike to not solely protest Guillemot’s dismissive feedback, however to additionally name for higher pay and circumstances on the firm, particularly a 10% payrise to account for the inflation disaster and the implementation of a four-day working week.
Right here’s their assertion in full:
CALL FOR STRIKE UBISOFT PARIS
FRIDAY JANUARY 27-AFTERNOON
In line with Guillemot:
THE BALL IS IN OUR COURT
(however the cash stays in his pocket)
In his newest assertion, Mr. Guillemot broadcasts a worrying future for Ubisoft.
If the request to workers to be “particularly cautious and strategic together with your spending” is ironic contemplating the corporate’s editorial technique of the previous couple of years, it isn’t humorous. When Mr. Guillemot speaks of “attrition” and “organizational changes”, it means: employees reductions, discreet studio closures, wage cuts, disguised layoffs, and so on.
On a number of events, Mr. Guillemot is making an attempt to shift the blame (as soon as once more) onto the staff; he expects us to be mobilized, to “give it our all”, to be “as environment friendly and lean as potential”. These phrases imply one thing: additional time, managerial strain, burnout, and so on.
Mr. Guillemot asks quite a bit from his workers, however with none compensation. • Have salaries stored up with the excessive inflation of current years?
• What concerning the implementation of the 4-day week?
• What has been put in place for the groups that come out of the productions exhausted (like these of Simply Dance or Mario)?
– an instantaneous 10% enhance for all salaries, no matter annual will increase, to compensate for inflation. With the tons of of thousands and thousands of euros obtained from Tencent, there’s cash within the coffers of the employers.
– the development of working circumstances, with particularly the implementation of the 4-day week.
– transparency on the evolution of the workforce, each domestically and globally.
– a powerful dedication towards disguised dismissals and a condemnation of abusive managerial insurance policies that push workers to resign.
And since Mr. Guillemot and his clique solely perceive the connection of energy, Solidaires Informatique is looking on the staff of Ubisoft Paris to go on strike on Friday 27 January within the afternoon, from 2 to six pm.
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Subsequent fiscal 12 months, which runs by March 2024, Ubisoft mentioned it plans to launch at the least one extra unannounced huge sport moreover Cranium and Bones, Avatar, and Murderer’s Creed Mirage. Guillemot calls it “the most important pipeline in Ubisoft historical past” in his e mail to employees and mentioned he’s excited to share extra at this 12 months’s E3 convention in June.