Last week Ubisoft canceled three unannounced games, rescheduled Skull and Bones and talked about her unsatisfactory financial success. Now it has become known that Ubisoft Paris a strike is planned. French trade union IT Solidarity urged employees Ubisoft Paris to a four-hour strike scheduled for January 27th. The move came in response to an internal letter from Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot announcing planned cost cuts over the next two years. Guillemot urged employees to be especially careful in their spending and initiatives in order to achieve maximum efficiency and cost-effectiveness. He also asked them for “all the energy and commitment” to bring the company back to success.
Guillemot’s words did not please the French union, which in turn accused the Ubisoft CEO of plans to “cut staff, quietly close studios, cut salaries and carry out disguised layoffs.”
Solidaires Informatique notes that Guillemot is trying to shift the blame for the company’s failures to employees. In addition, his calls for maximum economy and “working one hundred percent” mean overwork, pressure from superiors, burnout, and so on. The union emphasizes that Guillemot makes too many demands without offering anything in return.
Salaries at Ubisoft are reportedly not keeping pace with inflation, the company has abandoned the idea of introducing a four-day work week, and its teams have no protection after the completion of grueling projects. Solidaires Informatique demands better working conditions, higher salaries, shorter working weeks and more.
Among the projects of Ubisoft Paris: games in the series Just Dance, Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope and Kingdom Battle, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint and Wildlandsfirst Watch Dogs other.
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