Eugen employees on strike

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Eugen employees on strike

Postby Razzmann » Thu 15 Feb 2018 11:16

https://www.stjv.fr/2018/02/des-employe ... -en-greve/

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Employees of Eugen Systems on strike Posted on 15/02/2018

We relay below the statement written by our fellow strikers Paris studio Eugen Systems. Act of Strike

On February 14, 2018, we, 21 employees of Eugen Systems, decided to go on strike. At this time we might be tempted to say that we preferred to flatter the loved one instead of returning, as it should, to our workplace. It is not so, even if we are animated by a certain passion which it is on the other hand tinged with fury.

It has now been nearly fifteen months since we have been discussing with management serious violations of our rights. Like anyone else in our place, we assumed that dialogue, arguments and reason would be more effective than direct confrontation. After all an employer should be able to understand that the law is what it is, and that it is legitimate for its employees to demand that it be applied, including to their advantage. In front of the wall that was opposed to us during the first six months of negotiations, we were forced to call on a lawyer to remind the law of our employer. Remember that minimum wages are not subject to negotiation and that neither our qualification, nor our employment contract nor the law is more so. Requests that are far from the unacceptable. For any answer we had promises, "everything will be settled" we were told. Naive as we are, we believed it.

More naïve still, we continued to believe many more months, but the morning of February 14 we went to evidence that no longer escaped many people: too much is too much.

Arriving at the office, each of us was able to discover several mails on his professional box: first a collective mail telling us that our overtime, unpaid until now, a subject of litigation since the beginning, n ' would have been absent from our payslips only through the fault of our two successive payroll managers. In short, what we presented as an infringement of our rights is now presented to us as an administrative error. Thus, our gross salary has decreased to justify our overtime without regulating us by one cent. Even though these new gross wages are regarded as several employees below legal minimums.

In addition, a number of employees were told in another email that the conditions specifically mentioned in their employment contract, as well as in the collective agreement, were not recognized as legitimate by management. The latter justifies in this respect not to attribute to them the grades, salaries and associated benefits. What a joy for example for a developer bac +4 with several years of experience and an engineer position, than to arrive one morning and see that he now has the status and the rank of technician, with a salary that will together.

This new leak in front of the management has set fire to the powder: the refusal to pay us as required by law, and faced with the obvious lack of consideration for the value of our work, we arrived at the conclusion that, to be heard, we had no option but to go on strike.

We did not want the conflict, and we were even ready to accept a number of compromises. But faced with such a lack of respect, all we have to do is use our most fundamental rights which, if we do not solve all the problems we face, will, hopefully, have the merit of to draw the attention of players, public opinion or elected officials to the catastrophic situation of the industry for which we work.

Striking employees of Eugen Systems who, if it is necessary to call him back, are not NPCs

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Postby Grabbed_by_the_Spets » Thu 15 Feb 2018 12:38

This seems worrying...
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Postby Razzmann » Thu 15 Feb 2018 12:42

Another article: https://www.factornews.com/interview/st ... 43805.html

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Valentine's Day is loving couples who walk hand in hand, but sometimes it is also breaks. And sometimes, they are pretty brutal.
Today, some twenty people in their fifties working at Eugen System, the Parisian studio responsible for R.U.S.E or more recently Steel Division, went on strike at midday. It has been some time since the discontent among the employees of the studio, dissatisfaction that crystallized today when employees discovered irregularities in the settlement of their January salary. The group of developers therefore decided to go on strike and meet to discuss their demands, which will be added to the already long list of grievances that exist between the management and the development teams, detailed in particular in a Mediapart article on working conditions in the French JV.

We were able to interview a person employed by the studio about this social movement, and this is what she told us.

Fern: The social movements in the companies of JV, it is rather rare anyway. What happened to get here?
Eugenie *: Since about one year, when our staff delegates came into office, we have reported irregularities in the running of the studio through their work: the minimum wages not always respected, the frictions with the creative direction of the projects developed in the business and the administrative management completely in the tear, among other things. We tried to establish a dialogue with the management of the studio to improve the situation, but she always refused to listen to us. Faced with this refusal to discuss, we called on a lawyer in the hope of reasoning the direction, especially on points of the Labor Code, and reframing the negotiations.
After feeling that it had worked, with a slight improvement in the exchanges, we realized that the direction was just timed. Today, February 14, 2018, after receiving our pay slips 2 weeks late, the day after the release of the last DLC Steel Division, we found the result of the latest slam dated. This crystallized our fed up, and we spontaneously decided to go on strike at midday, which will be followed tomorrow.

F: Did the current events in the industry, such as the Quantic Dream affair or the creation of STJV, inspire you in this coup?
E: First and foremost, the election of staff delegates allowed us to speak with one voice to management. That's when we realized that the dialogue we tried to put in place was completely ignored as our fed up gradually turned into claims, then today into action. The release of the word in the industry and the surveys that have been published about Quantic Dream have only confirmed what we already suspected, namely that our situation was far from unique in the French studios.

F: To get ahead of the trolls, why talk about it now?
E: It's exactly like Duck PC said in his article, the industry is small and a sidelocation is quickly arrived. Individually, we are too exposed to make waves, but as a block, we fear less blows. Today, the trigger remains the burst of anger of the employees of the studio facing the latest maneuvers of management. But we do not want to stop the movement, and now we know that structures like the STJV are ready to support us in this kind of initiatives.

F: Thank you for answering our questions, I leave you the last word.
E: In the video game, we work by passion ...


* The first name has been changed.

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Re: Eugen employees on strike

Postby Fade2Gray » Thu 15 Feb 2018 17:28

Well, I have no idea how over time works for them in France, especially since I think I read FLX, or Madmat maybe? Talking about difference classes of workers by legal definition over there. Apparently they are all executives or something that sounds a touch shady? Sounds like a way to skirt some regs to me. Disclaimer: it's been some time since I read that so accuracy to be taken with a grain of salt.

Oh well, good luck to the strikers in whatever the future brings.
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Postby KattiValk » Thu 15 Feb 2018 18:08

I hope this gets resolved soon. Thankfully they got the new patch out before this happened.

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Postby Sigirdiwarth » Thu 15 Feb 2018 19:55

Best of luck, guys. You have my full support.

Now is time to use that red flag of yours and to finally learn the proper lyrics of the internationale :D
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Postby D-M » Thu 15 Feb 2018 20:47

Fade2Gray wrote:Well, I have no idea how over time works for them in France, especially since I think I read FLX, or Madmat maybe? Talking about difference classes of workers by legal definition over there. Apparently they are all executives or something that sounds a touch shady? Sounds like a way to skirt some regs to me. Disclaimer: it's been some time since I read that so accuracy to be taken with a grain of salt.


Nah, that's pretty regular over here for desk jobs to be filled by "executives", it mostly means higher pay and more flexible working hours (totally flexible in theory, depend of the branch agreement). In the IT industry, it's the go-to contract type due to its particularities that need very skilled professionals who can work without counting their hours (well, they still do, but you get the idea).

In the video game industry, the "passion" (you work for passion, not for money right ? Right ?) argument is often used to negociate lower salary and I'd say it's the root of most evil since it probably emboldens employers to squeeze out the workforce that don't really want to and sometimes can't go away since it would have difficulties finding an equivalent job elsewhere (whithin the industry because of its size and outside of it because it's set of skill is mostly exclusive to video game making).

Anyway, just donated my vidya gaem money for the month, thought it was fitting...
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Postby varis » Thu 15 Feb 2018 21:45

Hoping for a sensible resolution to this.

Best wishes to all of you!
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Postby thenosh » Thu 15 Feb 2018 22:00

So is this just Eugene Systems related, or Paradox aswell?
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Re: Eugen employees on strike

Postby Razzmann » Thu 15 Feb 2018 22:00

Statement by Eugen: https://twitter.com/EugenSystems/status ... 6847446017

Hello,
As you read in the press and on social networks, 21 of the 44 employees of Eugen Systems
have been on strike since February 14 afternoon. It seemed necessary to provide some elements
to understand the situation.
The working week at Eugen Systems is 38.5 hours. As specified in each contract
the gross annual remuneration of each employee includes, on the one hand, the remuneration for
35 hours of work, as well as any overtime hours within the limit of 1.72 hours per
week. In addition, each employee has 1 day of RTT per month, which he can
take when he wants, even by half-day.
Payrolls, which are usually sent on time to employees, have been
exceptionally sent late for the January pay. On the one hand because of the
simplification of the pay statement related to the latest legislative reforms involving complications
for the preparation of pay slips. On the other hand an update on the presentation of newsletters
to mention the actual hours completed. As such, each employee received a letter
explanatory.
The wages were paid on time at the usual pay date.
We would like to point out that the company Eugen Systems respects perfectly the minimum wages
for all employees, and in any case made regularizations when it was
necessary.
We noticed an error update on the payslip of 2 employees, which will be well
obviously corrected on the payroll of February 2018.
There is no crunch culture at Eugen Systems. It happened once, in 2010 during the
publication of RUSE, that the management requests 3 employees to stay to work one day,
a Saturday: This day of work helped to ensure the stability of the servers and the smooth running of the
launch of the game. Since then we have released 5 games, and this never happened again.
Finally, the Directorate endeavors to communicate with the staff representatives during the
meetings, and internal discussions are currently underway regarding the classification of
some employees. They will continue until an agreement is reached.
As exchanged with staff delegates at the meeting of December 2017, Eugen
Systems organizes, starting next week, the annual and professional interviews of
collaborators, which will allow a time of exchange with each one.
Thank you for your attention,
Eugen Systems


thenosh wrote:So is this just Eugene Systems related, or Paradox aswell?


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