Twitter agrees to talks with Africa staff after poor exit terms
Affected employees in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, have secured talks with Twitter after a letter sent requesting that the company comply with local employment law, according to a lawyer representing the staff. Around 20 people worked in the West African country’s office.
“We look to begin negotiations as soon as practicable,” the attorney, Carla Olympio, said in an email Tuesday.
Twitter spokespeople didn’t immediately respond to an email requesting comment.
Elon Musk, who acquired the company for $44 billion last month, fired nearly all of the African team as part of sweeping cuts – eliminating a division that had been seen as part of Twitter’s future. President Nana Akufo-Addo had tweeted in April last year that the office marked “the beginning of a beautiful relationship between Twitter and Ghana.” Jack Dorsey, then chief executive officer of Twitter, also said he sought to move to the country “at some point.”
Since Musk took over, thousands of staff around the world have been fired or walked out. In Accra, an initial termination letter said employees would receive a month’s notice, which later improved to a month’s notice plus two months severance.
That was still below the offer tweeted by Musk on November 4.