Cobra Kai at Work

Apparently the CEO of CDProjekt Red, the white-collar sweatshop responsible for the Witcher video games and Cyberpunk 2077, have abandoned their “no crunch” policy and decided that their staff must put in mandatory six-day workweeks until they’ve managed to squeeze their latest AAA bullshit job simulator out of their assholes.

And the developers, like the spineless excuses for human beings they are, are just taking it instead of learning the lesson of Cobra Kai:

STRIKE FIRST
STRIKE HARD
NO MERCY

Of course, these are fucking Poles, not the French. Maybe French developers would have the balls to down tools and go on strike the second management announced mandatory overtime—as long as they aren’t Vichy French.

The Verge’s headline says it all, but elides an important point that nobody seems to be making. Short of using violence or the threat of destitution, nobody can force workers to do anything. We have all the real power, if only we had the knowledge and the nerve to actually wield it. It’s not like the people we allow to rule us are capable of doing anything on their own.

Seriously, though, developers need to stop jerking off to Ayn Rand and imagining that they’re Howard Roark or Hank Rearden or Dagny fucking Taggart. They aren’t romantic heroes. They aren’t geniuses. They’re the 21st century equivalent of carpenters, electricians, bricklayers, roofers, HVAC techs, plumbers, truck drivers, etc. They aren’t engineers; they aren’t working a profession; they’re working a skilled fucking trade.

Are trade unions still the answer? I have no idea. I will say that when management fucks over workers, the appropriate answer is the Cobra Kai way.

Every worker has the moral right to refuse to work. No worker needs a reason to withhold labor if they think they aren’t getting paid enough or if they find their working conditions unnecessarily onerous, or if they think they are furthering an immoral cause. This is not subject to debate or negotiation.

To All Tech Workers

You are not a resource.
You are a human being.
You have human rights.
Your life is yours alone; rise up and live it.

More Info

The Verge: “Cyberpunk 2077 dev breaks promise, will force employees to work six days a week”
Jacobin: “A Radical Defense of the Right to Strike”