Laid-off employees at Twitter’s Africa headquarters are accusing Twitter of “deliberately and recklessly flouting the laws of Ghana” and attempting to “silence and intimidate” them after they have been fired.
The crew has employed a lawyer and despatched a letter to the company demanding it complies with the West African nation’s labor legal guidelines, present them with further severance pay and other related advantages, in keeping with what other Twitter employees will obtain.
They have additionally petitioned the Ghanaian government to compel Twitter to “adhere to the laws of Ghana on redundancy and offer the employees a fair and just negotiation and redundancy pay,” in accordance to a letter to the country’s Chief Labour Officer obtained by CNN.
“It is clear that Twitter, Inc. under Mr Elon Musk is either deliberately or recklessly flouting the laws of Ghana, is operating in bad faith and in a manner that seeks to silence and intimidate former employees into accepting any terms unilaterally thrown at them,” the letter states.
Twitter laid off all however one of the African employees simply 4 days after the company opened a bodily office within the capital Accra following Musk’s takeover. But the workers of a few dozen weren’t provided severance pay, which they are saying is required by Ghana’s labor legal guidelines, based mostly on their employment contracts. They additionally declare they weren’t knowledgeable in regards to the subsequent steps — in contrast to employees within the United States and Europe — till a day after CNN reported on their scenario.
CNN contacted Twitter for remark however received no response.
In the letter to Twitter Ghana Ltd, obtained by CNN, the African employees rejected a “Ghana Mutual Separation Agreement” from Twitter, which they are saying was despatched to their personal emails providing last pay that the company claims to have been arrived at after a negotiation.
Several members of the crew and their lawyer told CNN that there was no such negotiation on severance pay. They declare it was beneath what’s required by legislation and contradicts what Musk tweeted that departing employees would obtain.
“Everyone exited was offered 3 months of severance, which is 50% more than legally required,” Musk tweeted. Twitter knowledgeable the Ghana-based employees in early November that they’d be paid till their last day of employment — December 4. And they will proceed to obtain full pay and advantages throughout the 30-day discover interval.
“It was very vague, did not talk about outstanding leave or paid time off, and just asked us to sign if we agree. I never bothered to go back to the document because it is rubbish and is still in violation of labor laws here,” one former worker told CNN on situation of anonymity.
The Accra-based crew accuses Twitter of coping with them in dangerous religion, not being clear, and discriminating against them in contrast to laid-off employees in other jurisdictions.
“The employees are distressed, humiliated, and intimidated by this turn of events. There are non-Ghanaian employees, some with young families, who moved here to take up jobs and have now been left unceremoniously in the lurch, with no provision for repatriation expenses and no way to communicate with Twitter, Inc. and discuss or plead their case,”the discover to Ghana’s Chief Labour Officer says.
Their attorney, Carla Olympio, says the sudden termination of nearly the entire crew violated Ghanaian employment legislation as a result of it’s thought of a “redundancy” which requires three-month discover to authorities and a negotiation on redundancy pay.
“In stark contrast to internal company assurances given to Twitter employees worldwide prior to the takeover, it seems that little attempt was made to comply with Ghana’s labor laws, and the protections enshrined therein for workers in circumstances where companies are undertaking mass layoffs due to a restructuring or reorganization,” she wrote in a statement to CNN.
The employees said of their enchantment to Ghana’s Chief Labour Officer that Twitter’s formal entry into the continent began with “great fanfare and with the support of the government,”and so they expect related consideration to their plight now.
They are demanding 3 months’ gross wage as severance pay, repatriation bills for non-Ghanaian workers, vesting of inventory options offered of their contracts, and other advantages resembling healthcare continuation that have been provided to workers worldwide.
CNN has reached out to Ghana’s Employment and Labor Relations ministry for remark.