Following the surprise announcement of Skull and Bones' delay and the cancellation of three unannounced games last week, it looks like publisher Ubisoft has once again found itself in troubled waters.
French trade union Solidaires Informatique has called on employees of Ubisoft Paris (which serves as the company's headquarters) to strike following comments made by CEO Yves Guillemot. In an email sent to staff (which was viewed by Kotaku), Guillemot stated that "the ball is in their court" to keep the company afloat.
Solidaires Informatique maintains that Guillemot is attempting to shift the blame for the company's troubles and his own failures onto employees. They anticipate that measures such as increased managerial pressure and overtime will be implemented to get things back on track.
They note that while the ball may be in the employee's court, "the money stays in his pocket". You can read the statement fully here (scroll down for the English translation).
Solidaires Informatique is also calling for an immediate 10% increase in workers' salaries to compensate for inflation and for the implementation of a 4-day working week to improve working conditions.
Further, the union has called for a strike, stating that "because Mr Guillemot and his clique only understand the relationship of power, Solidaires Informatique is calling on the employees of Ubisoft Paris to go on strike on Friday 27 January in the afternoon, from 2 to 6 pm."
It remains to be seen how Ubisoft will react to Solidaires Informatique's statement and how many employees will strike on the appointed date. Concessions won at the company HQ could potentially result in employee benefits worldwide. We will keep you updated as the matter unfolds.
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