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Union Calls On FTC To "Carefully Consider" Whether Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard Deal Is Good For Workers

As Activision Blizzard enjoys the good PR that comes with being acquired by Microsoft, a union in America is renewing the calls for the company's abuse allegations to be taken seriously. The Communications Workers of America (CWA) is calling on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice to "carefully consider" the impact that the merger will have on both consumers and workers, and reminds these agencies of the damning allegations the industry giant faces.

Speaking in a statement on Twitter, the CWA says that Activision Blizzard has a history of "repeated surveillance, intimidation tactics and the hiring of notorious union busters", which should be considered before the acquisition is given permission to go ahead. The union also says that employee demands must be met regardless of whether there is an acquisition, with the company not being allowed to hide behind a new parent company to dodge accountability.

"[The workers] have been trying to improve working conditions and raising up troubling issues regarding company culture of sexist and discriminatory cultural practices, pay inequity, workplace harassment and abuse", reads the CWA's statement. "Activision Blizzard’s response to its employees’ concerns has been repeated surveillance, intimidation tactics & the hiring of notorious union busters. @ABetterABK's concerns must be addressed in any plan – acquisition or not – on the future direction of the company".

Sara Steffens of the CWA has previously spoken to TheGamer about the situation at Activision Blizzard, calling out management at the company as a whole. "This is a situation that had been endemic in the company for a long time,” Steffens says. “Many, many people knew about it, they accepted it, just as part of their culture. That should have consequences.”

According to Steffens, part of these consequences should be a bigger payout for those affected by the alleged abuse at the company. She labelled the industry giants current plans to deal with alleged abusers and their enablers as a "slap on the wrist”.

Unfortunately, it's unclear if Bobby Kotick will face any real accountability for the alleged abuse taking place under his watch – reportedly with his knowledge. Since the acquisition has announced, he's poked his head out to blame Overwatch and Diablo's delays for the company's stock price decline. So the chances of him willingly owning up to mistakes remain low.

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