Malta Workers' Union takes legal action against NetEnt and Evolution
The General Workers' Union of Malta (GWU) takes industrial action against NetEnt and Evolution after The merger of the two giants of the gaming industry was followed by the process of closing the Maltese studio of the developer. The document stated that the company violated the Collective Layoffs Act and also refused to recognize the GWU as a representative of employees in court hearings.
The union added that it "reserves the right to organize a strike", which can be considered as protest actions. In addition, the lawsuit states that NetEnt and Evolution did not provide details of the reduction in staff in writing. According to the regulations, employers are required to provide representatives with information about the reason for dismissal, the planned number, the date of the decision, selection criteria and details of remuneration in case of reduction.
“The GWU reports that these measures have become necessary given the stated and apparent reluctance of the said companies to consult with us as workers' representatives. We are ready to do everything to avoid mass layoffs in the gambling sector,” the document says.
The employer has laid off at least 300 employees of his studio in Malta. However, Evolution's bosses say they warned their underlings about massive layoffs following the merger of the two brands. In turn, the GWU calls such actions "anti-union tactics."
Union leaders have made it clear that they are doing everything possible to help employees, hoping to receive fair compensation. The Gaming Malta Foundation and the Ministry of Economy will also help the victims find new jobs.
It was previously reported that NetEnt will carry outlarge staff reductions on the eve of the merger with Evolution. 696