FSU members voice concern about proposed redundancies at Activision Blizard

26 January 2024

Collective  consultation must happen,  and company should commit to  a voluntary first approach to redundances say FSU.

GWUI members, who are a part of the FSU, have voiced their concerns after Microsoft announced this week that it is to  let go of 1,900 employees at Activision Blizzard and Xbox. The union  understands that this will have a direct impact on jobs in Ireland with a significant amount of the Irish workforce in Activision Blizard at risk of redundancy.

Commenting on the announcement Gareth Murphy, Head of Industrial Relations and Campaigns in the FSU said:”

“This announcement is part of a worrying trend over the last two years of job losses in the wider technology sector and most recently in the games sector. The rationale given by employers that these redundancies were a consequence of over hiring during covid does not stand  up to scrutiny anymore. We are on the third and fourth round of job cuts and it is time the Minister took a more proactive approach to saving jobs in the sector.

The FSU held a well-attended meeting of members in Activision Blizard today and members were deeply concerned about the effect the announcement would have on them. It is imperative the company is open and transparent in its dealing with staff and commits to a voluntary first approach to redundancies. The FSU will be supporting and advising our members throughout the process and will be contacting the company to look for an urgent meeting.”