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Twitter workers in Ghana accuse Elon Musk of discrimination after he was fired but did not receive the same severance package as Americans or Europeans

Twitter employees in Ghana accuse Elon Musk of discrimination after they were sacked but not given same severance pay as Americans or Europeans

Recently fired employees at Twitter’s Africa headquarters accuse Twitter of “deliberately and recklessly flouting the laws of Ghana” and trying to “silence and intimidate them” after their dismissal.

The team of Ghanaian employees hired a lawyer and sent a letter to the company demanding that it comply with the labor laws of the West African nation, provide them with additional severance pay and other relevant benefits , consistent with what other Twitter employees will receive.

In a letter to Ghana’s Labor Director, the workers called on the Ghanaian government to compel Twitter to “respect Ghana’s dismissal laws and provide employees with fair and equitable bargaining and severance pay.”

“It is clear that Twitter, Inc. under the direction of Mr. Elon Musk is deliberately or recklessly flouting the laws of Ghana, operating in bad faith and in a manner that seeks to silence and intimidate former employees into agree to any conditions unilaterally imposed on them,” the letter reads.

Twitter has fired all but one of its African employees just four days after the company opened a physical office in the capital Accra following Musk’s takeover.

But the staff of around a dozen have not received severance pay, which they say is required by Ghana’s labor laws, based on their employment contracts.

They also claim that they were not informed of the next steps in the company unlike employees in the United States and Europe.

In the letter to Twitter Ghana Ltd, the African employees rejected a ‘Ghana Mutual Separation Agreement’ from Twitter, which they claim was sent to their personal emails offering the final salary the company claims to be reached after negotiation.

In a statement to CNN, several team members said there had been no such negotiations over severance packages.

They claim it was below what is required by law and contradicts what Musk tweeted that departing employees would receive.

“Everyone released was offered 3 months severance pay, which is 50% more than legally required,” Musk tweeted. Twitter informed Ghana-based employees in early November that they would be paid until their last day of employment, December 4. And they will continue to receive their full salary and benefits during the 30-day notice period.

“It was very vague, didn’t talk about vacation remaining or paid vacation, and just asked us to sign off if we were ok with it. I never bothered to go back on the document because it’s from hogwash and he’s still breaking labor laws here,” a former employee told CNN on condition of anonymity.

The Accra-based team accuses Twitter of dealing with them in bad faith, of not being transparent and of discriminating against them compared to employees made redundant in other jurisdictions.

“Employees are shocked, humiliated and intimidated by this turn of events. There are non-Ghanaian employees, some with young families, who moved here for employment and have now been unceremoniously abandoned with no provision for repatriation costs and no way to communicate with Twitter, Inc. and discuss or plead their case. case,” the notice to the Labor Director of Ghana reads.

The dismissed workers’ lawyer, Carla Olympio, claims that the sudden dismissal of almost the entire team violated Ghanaian labor law as it is considered a “dismissal” which requires three months’ notice to the authorities and negotiation over severance pay.

“Contrary to internal company assurances given to Twitter employees worldwide prior to the takeover, it appears that little effort has been made to comply with Ghana’s labor laws and the protections therein. devoted to workers in circumstances where companies carry out mass layoffs due to restructuring or reorganization”,

The terminated staff are claiming 3 months gross salary as severance pay, repatriation costs for non-Ghanaian staff, vesting of stock options provided for in their contracts and other benefits such as continuation of the health care that has been provided to staff around the world.

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