Former Twitter Inc employees in Ghana, fired in November, have not received severance pay and have had no communication from the company for three months.
In November, Twitter fired almost all its staff at its only African office as part of Elon Musk’s cost-cutting efforts.
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Elon Musk tweeted that he offered the laid-off employees three months of severance, which he claimed was 50% more than legally required. However, Musk did not disclose the exact office and jurisdiction he referred to, CNBC reports.
Under Ghanaian law, employees have the right to redundancy pay and three months’ notice. Reportedly, Twitter’s workers in Accra received less than a month’s notice.
The former employees attempted to negotiate compensation instead of notice and emotional distress damages, but Twitter rejected their requests.
The layoffs have taken a toll on the affected employees, leaving them tired, frustrated, and struggling to find new jobs.
Since Elon Musk acquired Twitter for $44 billion in October, the platform has seen a significant decline in advertising revenue and continues to generate negative cash flow. Musk also mentioned that the company carries a substantial debt burden.
Musk has fired staff and shut down offices worldwide to stabilize Twitter by late 2023 financially. He had also fancied the idea of bankruptcy.
Twitter faces competition from Meta Platforms Inc’s META Threads platform, which gained over 100 million users in its first week.
Professor Scott Galloway noted that Twitter has become stagnant and compared its decline to MySpace’s, emphasizing the correlation between workforce reduction and revenue decrease.
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