Professionals Australia establishes Game Workers Australia to represent video game workers

Trade union Professionals Australia is set to establish Game Workers Australia, an organisation that represents game workers.

Professionals Australia will launch Game Workers Australia on 1 May 2022 in Sydney, coinciding with International Workers’ Day, commemorating the rights rallied by workers and the labour movement.

Professionals Australia is a registered union that represents other workers in Australia’s digital industries, including information technology, engineering and software development.

Video game workers will officially be part of a union that will support, advice, and represent them in their employment in the game industry.

Professionals Australia CEO Jill McCabe welcomed game workers to the union and said that the formation of Game Workers Australia was an exciting development for everyone involved.

“After working with Game Workers Unite on this initiative over the past 18 months, I am delighted that we have formed Game Workers Australia to specifically represent game workers in Australia,” McCabe said.

“I want to thank Tim Colwill and Maize Wallin of Game Workers Unite for their impressive advocacy and support of game workers and for pursuing formal industrial representation for game workers.”

“The video game sector is worth over $3 billion dollars to the Australian economy every year so it’s vital that game workers have industrial representation and share in the wealth generated by this industry through better wages and conditions,” she added.

Colwill said the group was the result of years of hard work.

“Since 2016 we have been working as a group of activists and volunteers to support and assist our members. Thanks to this partnership with Professionals Australia, we can now build the movement to the next level and really step up the fight for better pay and conditions.”

“Like a growing number of professions, game workers are highly qualified and skilled, but wages are unsustainably low, the hours are long, and unpaid overtime is common. Many people burn out of our industry and leave before even making it to five years. We know that by working together, we can build something better.”

Wallin said while the industry attracts and employs graduates and young professionals, approximately half of the industry was also made up of contractors with no job security.

“By being a specific group within Professionals Australia, game workers will have an industrial voice and be able to fight for better pay and conditions,” Wallin says.

“We finally have a dedicated union for game workers that can advocate on the issues important to them.”


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