These changes include the addition of 13 days of paid vacation to contract workers each year starting in 2022, as well as the addition of new sick days. This shows that the pressure from ABbetterABK seems to be working.
An Activision Blizzard spokesperson told Kotaku in an email: “As part of Activision Blizzard’s efforts to make its workplace more supportive and inclusive, the company’s leadership has been working hard for some time to increase and improve temporary contract workers. And the welfare of third-party agency employees.”
Prior to this, ABetterABK also posted a tweet on November 4th: “We learned from ABK’s contractors that they were forced to accept mandatory unpaid leave during the holidays, which plunged them into a financial and housing crisis. It is inhumane to replace workers who help create ABK income products.”
As a former Blizzard employee said on Twitter, the hope of this action for contract workers is just one step in many actions: “This is definitely an improvement for contract workers, but it is not enough. Not only contract workers, but also full-time employees. Many full-time employees earn only a little bit higher than contract workers.”