After several hundred employees at Activision Blizzard voiced their displeasure with their pay, the employees have now reportedly drafted a document listing improvements for the employment relationship. According to Bloomberg, over 870 employees are making the demands for fair pay, more paid sick days, as well as vacation pay and raises for costumer service and QA employees.
Sources tell Bloomberg that the list of demands should be with Activision Blizzard management by the end of this week. Activision Blizzard spokespeople explained to Bloomberg in an email that they "will continue to adjust employee compensation to meet the needs of their employees today and in the future. We understand that some employees have specific requests and we are listening to those requests."
The employment, salaries and raises document that employees compiled shows that some employees make less than $40,000 per year. By comparison, that's significantly less than the average annual earnings of a household in Irvine California, where Acitvision Blizzard is headquartered. Some former Activision Blizzard employees poked fun after the document came to light, reporting that some of their salaries doubled in their new positions after being laid off from Blizzard.
At the beginning of 2019, Activision Blizzard laid off circa 800 employees. Shortly after that wave of layoffs, job postings began popping up for the same jobs - just with less pay. After a record year in 2019, the financial report for the first quarter of 2020 shows that they were able to bring in another record amount of additional over $500 million. Despite another very good fiscal year, they continue to cut back in California, which now seems to be taking its toll.
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