We, same as most of the developers, are keeping up with controversy about Unity engine runtime fee policy. And we, trade union of ICT workers including game developers, would like to make a statement.
Our believe is that any change regarding licensing policies of Unity technologies which could be described as:
retroactively affecting users and existing install bases forcing Unity licensees to unwillingly include tracking software in their applications effectively disqualifying licensees to pick their business model done in highly non-transparent fashion without any prior discussion with community is unnacceptable
The ICT sector is a rapidly growing sector that has over the last ten years vastly changed the work scenery in the Czech Republic. A lot of big international companies decided to open centers here and also quite a few Czech companies started and expanded their activities. The salaries they were offering compared to the existing opportunities, appeared attractive which led more and more locals leaping to this promising sector but also a lot of foreigners moving to the Czech Republic in search of better pay and working conditions.
The leadership of the trade union OSPPP has had badges made for trade unionists who support strike action against the government’s austerity package. ICT union, as a member of the OSPPP, hereby join the call of our parent organisation.
Letter from the OSPPP President to the affiliated unions:
As we have already informed you, the Czech-Moravian Confederation of Trade Unions has on Monday 15 declared a strike emergency. The OSPPP unequivocally supports the strike alert.
What do you think when you hear of the 1st of May? Do you think of just a day off and kissing under a cherry tree?
As workers in the ICT sector, we consider it to be much more than that. But in order to understand why we think this day is not another public holiday like any other, we need to first understand where this day came from.
International worker’s day was established in 1889 to commemorate the Haymarket affair in Chicago on 4 of May 1886.
The international women’s day is here and already our companies are sending out emails for fun competitions and company parties, giving out flowers and chocolate to the female employees.
But we do not see this day, that has its roots actually with the strike of American garment female workers, as a celebration but as an opportunity to contemplate on the women’s actual standing in the workplace.
Yes, there have been improvements due to the efforts of workers and institutions in the EU setting and individual countries.
Last week, on the 25th of November, we comemorated the International day for the Elimination of Violence against women, which inspired me to take the time and write my reflections on the issue, as a woman working in the ITC Sector.
I think I never felt as in touch with and affected by the fact that I am a woman, until I started working for the company, at which I have been employed for the past 4 years.