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4 minutes ago, Sarouan said:

You know, that way of thinking is awfully close to very dark things in our history's past...and we already know how it ends...

It's never good to be that extremist...

If you are referring to something along the lines of USSR, it was one of the finest projects in human history and a true milestone in our development as a species. Please don't @ me with whatever propaganda you heard about it, I heard it all before, it holds no merit and this is not the place.

As for extremism, it is but a positional description. Go mere 200 years in the past and liberal bourgeois advocating for parliamentary republics are dangerous blood-drenched extremists that want to destroy all that is good and holy in the world but they will never succeed because of human natu... I mean the divine right of kings.

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14 minutes ago, Golub87 said:

If you are referring to something along the lines of USSR, it was one of the finest projects in human history and a true milestone in our development as a species. Please don't @ me with whatever propaganda you heard about it, I heard it all before, it holds no merit and this is not the place.

As for extremism, it is but a positional description. Go mere 200 years in the past and liberal bourgeois advocating for parliamentary republics are dangerous blood-drenched extremists that want to destroy all that is good and holy in the world but they will never succeed because of human natu... I mean the divine right of kings.

 

 

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1 hour ago, Sarouan said:

Sure, but it's also a fact James wasn't alone at that time, like Sunshine's wife. We actually don't know their full situation at that time, but he didn't sound like he was in desperate need as well. I also remember his first interview when he talked about his time as a designer from GW and how he got to create his own company...at that time, he also said one of the reasons was the sudden death of his colleague and realization that you have only one life and should enjoy it with your dreams as well. Money wasn't the only motivation why he left, to me...certainly one factor, though.

I didn't state otherwise

I've said in the abstract that 

A) He was poorly remunerated given the context of who he worked for and the profit it provided for them

B) Poverty is an affliction, not a personal failing 

C) An *Individual* earning sub 20k a year who has to pay for bed and board can afford little else in the UK.

That's it. And these things are all true.

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2 hours ago, Sarouan said:

You know, that way of thinking is awfully close to very dark things in our history's past...and we already know how it ends...

It's never good to be that extremist...

Everyone remembers the crimes of communism.

 

No one attributes the crimes of capitalism to it. there's several famines in India on the feet of the HEIC and the Raj for example.

 

 

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To wheel back at least tangentially to the topic at hand, while it was disappointing to hear about the poor compensation of a key creative, it wasn't altogether surprising. Not to suggest it isn't bad, but underpaying people in this space is business as usual across nearly the entire entertainment industry.

Much more surprising and upsetting to me is the managerial insanity and dysfunction that obliterated Sophie Williams' career with GW. I link it below in case anyone missed it.

 

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I dunno, that sadly sounds extremely standard to me too. Malice is fairly rare, but disorganization, nobody taking responsibility for fixing a situation, dysfunction, and a general lack of care is sadly not in corporate environments. And what we know of GW is that it's super chaotic from a management point of view. Last minute decisions to axe products or change them in big ways, totally un-joined-up thinking between departments, botched attempts to change warehouse procedures, etc. Everything we know about GW is that it's a total mess organizationally. 

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26 minutes ago, yukishiro1 said:

that sadly sounds extremely standard to me too

I expected to read that she was fired just by being pregnants with some "low productivity" ******.

GW acted really badly, and sadly, that's the way a lot of companies operate.

Btw, It seems that someone on GW tries to compensate their workers:
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/jul/27/warhammer-maker-games-workshop-hands-staff-5000-bonus-after-lockdown-sales-surge

It's nice and all, but imho, that's band aid.
Imho, the main problem with this type of jobs is their remuneration, basically, that their salaries match their jobs.

 

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Back on topic; I find it interesting that Games Workshop do not like staff discussing their salaries with one another. The practice keeps salaries lower than what they could and perhaps should be.

In general, firms have been moving away from this model and many have introduced pre-defined pay boundaries. However, I guess this is harder to implement in creative industries due to the nature of the work. 

Sophie's story is a sad one and unfortunately it reeks of mismanagement and incompetence. I wonder how widespread it is as Games Workshop (if it is widespread at all) as this could indicate a major cultural problem there.

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6 hours ago, Golub87 said:

If you are referring to something along the lines of USSR, it was one of the finest projects in human history and a true milestone in our development as a species. Please don't @ me with whatever propaganda you heard about it, I heard it all before, it holds no merit and this is not the place.
 

Um... Wow. I will not start a discussion now, since this really is not the place. But if someonr wrote something similarly revisionist about my home country's (Germany) "glorious" past.. I'd do my best to get them banned. 

PS: Please note that I'm pretty left-leaning and have nothing against communism and socialism as concepts in general. Just the way in which they were partly realized in history.

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