Stockholm based developer Paradox Interactive has announced they will be signing collective bargaining agreements with labor unions in Sweden.
According to an official press release, Paradox Interactive will formally sign agreements with employee labor unions Unionen and SACO. The changes and procedures outlined in the agreement are intended to be finalized by the end of the quarter.
Chief Human Resources Officer Marina Hedman had this to say about the upcoming agreement with labor unions.
“In the 20-plus years we’ve been in operation, Paradox has always been a growing company, but that growth has been especially dramatic in the last few years.”
“[…]An organization of our size has different needs, and we must ensure that our employees continue to feel valued and empowered to shape our company, even as our structure shifts towards larger teams and projects. We’re proud, both as a Swedish company and as a member of the games industry, to add our name to the roster of companies who support unionization.”
The new agreements will apply to Paradox’s offices within Sweden, including Paradox Interactive, Paradox Development Studio, Paradox Arctic, and Paradox Malmo.
Games Programmer at Paradox Development Studio and Union Representative for Unionen Magne Skjaeran had this to say.
“Much like Paradox itself, the unions here have been growing massively in the past few years, gradually becoming more and more organized. This is a clear sign that our efforts have resulted in meaningful change. We’re very glad that the company agrees with us on the benefits of a collective agreement and that we’re signing this together.”
“[…]With this agreement in place, we will be further empowered to advocate for our members here at Paradox, and contribute to making it the best place to work in the industry. We hope it will inspire people to organize in video game companies the world over.”
Paradox Interactive is known for their strategy games including Crusader Kings III, which is due out later this year.