After Google and Apple, a trade union was born at Microsoft

“Other gaming and technology giants have made a conscious choice to attack and demoralize their own employees. Microsoft follows a different path”welcomes the president of the Communication Workers Association (CWA). Lucy Nicholson/REUTERS

HISTORY – This association was born at its game publisher Bethesda. Microsoft had promised to remain neutral on these issues.

Microsoft saw the birth of a union on Tuesday, a big first for it on American soil. The latter was born within the video game group Bethesda, which the computer giant bought in 2021 for $7.5 billion. ZeniMax Workers United, supported by the Communication Workers Association (CWA), brings together around 300 employees specializing in quality assurance, that is, hunting down bugs in games under development. It is the largest organization of its type in the video game industry in the United States.

Amazon, Google, Apple… these tech giants have seen the emergence of unions since 2021. However, these organizations, which mainly concern warehouses or retail stores, remain sporadic and are fiercely opposed by parent companies. Employees of the Apple Store in Saint Louis (Missouri) thus voted against their union in December after an intimidation campaign condemned by the leaders of…

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