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Old 02 February 2013   #1
Staff at Bigpoint (German Game Studio) Vote for employee organisation

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Staff at online gaming company Bigpoint have voted in favour of installing an employee organisation to represent them, assisted by German public services trade union, Verdi.

"Yesterday we had an employee meeting, which elected a election committee for an employee organisation" a Bigpoint spokesperson confirmed to GamesIndustry International.

"The management team welcomes the initiative of the employees to participate in an active way."

Under German employment law the move will make it harder for the company to make staff cuts in the future, and working conditions will be managed by Verdi. Members of the organisation are elected, and a board to oversee the process is already in place.

The move is particularly interesting as it follows a round of significant job cuts at Bigpoint, which saw 80 staff axed from its German operations. In future, the company will not be able to make staff cuts without first consulting the organisation."
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Old 02 February 2013   #2
Finally a group of workers standing up for themselves. I wish them all the best of luck. I wish people in the overall CG industry would get together and find a collective backbone.
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Old 02 February 2013   #3
For many countries, having the backbone won't matter. In the US they'd just outsource, no such laws stating they can't lay people off without talking to Vendi or w/e group. Works in some countries, not in others.
 
Old 02 February 2013   #4
Quote: For many countries, having the backbone won't matter. In the US they'd just outsource, no such laws stating they can't lay people off without talking to Vendi or w/e group. Works in some countries, not in others.


Well yes, actually, if you are currently represented by a union in the U.S. there ARE mechanisms in place to prevent outsourcing and layoffs without having a talk with the Union first. The real trick is, (and this may actually be what you were getting at) there isn't (as far as I know) anything to prevent a company in the U.S. from dumping people just for considering a Union.

I'm conflicted here. I'm probably one of the few designers/artists in this country represented by a union and while it has its benefits, it also has many many drawbacks. I'm still not convinced that this is the way to go ...
 
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