Microsoft will “respect” the right of its staff to join unions and will work with them, the company has confirmed.

President and vice-chair Brad Smith wrote a blog confirming the company was “committed to creative and collaborative approaches” to working with unions.

He said: “Our employees will never need to organize to have a dialogue with Microsoft’s leaders, but we also recognize the workplace is changing.”

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Microsoft’s show of support follows high-profile and frequently contentious unionization efforts at some of its Big Tech competitors.

Amazon recently faced unionization efforts at two New York City warehouse facilities.

Workers at one of the warehouses, known as JFK8, successfully voted to unionize, making them the first Amazon employees in the United States to do so. Amazon is contesting the findings.

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Employees at one of Apple’s retail locations in Atlanta filed for a union election earlier this year, and employees at another location in New York City are also attempting to unionize.

Microsoft may also be involved in a labor dispute sooner rather than later as a result of its pending $68.7 billion acquisition of video game company Activision Blizzard.

A group of quality assurance employees at Raven Software, an Activision Blizzard-owned gaming studio that works on the company’s popular “Call of Duty” game series, voted last week to form a union.

During a recent all-hands meeting, Microsoft’s top gaming executive, Xbox chief Phil Spencer, reportedly expressed support for Raven’s union.

Source: CNN Business

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