Game Developers Union Gaining Momentum?

Gamasutra reports Eugen System fired six employees today, claiming the move is unrelated to a pay dispute that stretches back to February when developers working on Steel Division II briefly went on strike. They say the Video Game Workers Union of France (STJV) calls the move an "act of retaliation." That setback aside, Polygon talks about progress being made by Game Workers Unite a grassroots labor organization that was recently declared a legal trade union in the United Kingdom. Word is this union seems to be gaining a foothold in both Europe and North America. Here's a bit:
Prior to the Game Developers Conference there were perhaps 200 members of Game Workers Unite around the world. Now Kinema, who uses a pseudonym to protect her identity online, said the organization has grown to more than 800 active members with at least 17 chapters in North America alone. That includes chapters in nearly every major geographical hub for game developers on the continent, with cities like Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Montreal, North Carolina, Ottawa, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, and Vancouver all represented.

The influx of new members has come at a time when labor practices in the game industry are under intense scrutiny, following mass layoffs at Telltale Games and accounts of overwork and abuse at Rockstar Games during the production of Red Dead Redemption 2.