Nintendo is the newest online game developer hit with allegations of union busting. In a report from Axios, a former worker alleges that Nintendo and its staffing and recruiting accomplice Aston Carter fired them after partaking in protected organizing actions.
In a filing with the National Labor Relations Board, a abstract of the fees in opposition to Nintendo embrace:
- Engaging in surveillance or creating the impression of surveillance of staff’ union actions
- Discharging an worker for partaking in protected actions similar to discussing wages and different phrases and situations of employment
- Discharging an worker as a result of they joined or supported labor group
Nintendo isn’t the one online game firm contending with the NLRB. Quality assurance staff at Raven Software, a subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, recently formed their own union and at the moment are ready for a proper vote overseen by the NLRB. Activision Blizzard has been accused a number of occasions of union-busting after sending emails asking staff to “consider the consequences” of signing union playing cards and giving raises to every QA employee except those at Raven who’re working towards unionization.
Outside of gaming, corporations are beginning to present raises to staff in hopes of stemming the growing tide of unionization. Last week, Verizon shared that it might raise its minimum wage to $20 an hour shortly after a store in Seattle voted to unionize.
The NLRB will examine these claims and resolve if Nintendo is responsible of labor violations.