Activision Blizzard entrepreneurs got better pay and PTO

Activision Blizzard has agreed to better working conditions for its contractors.

The announcement was shared d Twitter by a member of the ABK Workers Alliance, and includes salary increases, paid time off, sick leave and more.

“We have raised our minimum hourly rate for all temps to $ 17 per hour,” the announcement read. “Our agency partners have agreed to match the sickness benefits we offer to Blizzard temporary staff, increasing the number of sick days earned to nine days each year.”

All temps will now also receive Thanksgiving and Winter Breaks as paid leave, and from January they will receive 13 paid holidays each year.

The announcement also said that the company will introduce career growth and learning programs for entrepreneurs, with more to be announced about these at a later date.

This follows a wave of online testimonials pointing to poor working conditions for contractors working at Activision Blizzard.

The ABK Workers Alliance had issued a call inviting contractors to share their experiences Twitter.

“We have learned from contractors across ABK that they are being forced to take mandatory unpaid leave during the holidays, putting them in an immediate financial and housing crisis,” the ABK Workers Alliance tweeted after testimony began to flow. “Displacing workers who help create the products that generate ABK’s revenue is inhumane.”

Activision Blizzard announced its third-quarter financial results last week, showing a drop in sales for the Call of Duty-powered Activision division, offset by progress in the Blizzard and King segments.

It was the first look at the company’s financial results since the case of sexual harassment and discrimination was brought this summer.

A few weeks ago, CEO Bobby Kotick asked the company’s board of directors to reduce his salary and compensation to the lowest possible amount under California law.

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