Indies celebrate as Kickstarter votes to unionise

The union, which is made up of 85 employees, is a watershed moment for tech companies – and an exciting step forward for screen producers who rely on crowdfunding.

The employees of Kickstarter have successfully voted to form a union under the name Kickstarter United. This development that comes after several years of organising – and no small amount of scandal. It’s a watershed moment for the tech industry, and a win for screen producers internationally.

Late last year, the company made headlines for firing two employees involved in unionisation efforts. While the company told The Verge that this firing was the result of a ‘failure to correct performance issues,’ the decision was broadly received as an attempt at union busting, and Kickstarter’s burgeoning union effort garnered international support via social media.

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Jini Maxwell is a writer and curator who lives in Naarm. They are an assistant curator at ACMI, where they also host the Women & Non-binary gamers club. They write about videogames and the people who make them. You can find them on Twitter @astroblob