In response to controversial comments from Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot, a French union representing Ubisoft employees is calling for a strike in support of 10% raises and a four-day work week.
Ubisoft was "clearly disappointed" by the results in its latest financial report, which saw the company confirm the cancellation of three unannounced projects and reveal yet another delay for Skull & Bones. In the wake of that report, CEO Yves Guillemot sent an email to staff (via Kotaku (opens in new tab)) asking them to "be especially careful and strategic with your spending and initiatives, to ensure we’re being as efficient and lean as possible."
According to French union Solidaires Informatique (via GamesIndustry.biz (opens in new tab)), which represents employees at Ubisoft Paris, "Mr. Guillemot is trying to shift the blame (once again) onto the employees; he expects us to be mobilized, to 'give it our all', to be 'as efficient and lean as possible'. These words mean something: overtime, managerial pressure, burnout, etc."
Solidaires Informatique is making four demands (opens in new tab) on Ubisoft, including "an immediate 10% increase for all salaries, regardless of annual increases, to compensate for inflation. With the hundreds of millions of euros obtained from Tencent, there is money in the coffers of the employers."
The union is also calling for a four-day work week, "transparency on the evolution of the workforce," and "a strong commitment against disguised dismissals and a condemnation of abusive managerial policies that push employees to resign".
In support of those demands, Solidaires Informatique is asking Ubisoft Paris employees to go on strike for four hours on the afternoon of Friday, January 27.