Twitter employees based in Africa who were laid off by the company after it was acquired by Elon Musk are yet to receive their severance pay, according to a report by CNN.
The former staff members, who worked at Twitter's office in Accra, Ghana, accepted a severance package offered by the company, but have not received the agreed amount or any further communication from Twitter.
In November 2022, Twitter laid off almost all of its staff in Ghana, just days after its physical office opened following a year of remote working.
The layoffs affected thousands of workers globally, including in Africa.
Billionaire Elon Musk
acquired Twitter in October 2022 and began a series of layoffs.
The former Twitter Africa employees who spoke to CNN said they felt "ghosted" by the company, as they have not received the promised severance pay or any further communication since May, when the settlement was agreed.
One former employee described the situation as "uncertainty, stress, exhaustion, and tiredness." Carla Olympio, an attorney representing the former employees, told CNN that Twitter was non-responsive after the settlement was agreed.
A spokesperson for Ghana's Ministry of Employment and Labor Relations told CNN that it is investigating the claims.
Meanwhile, Twitter has settled former staff in other locations, but the former employees in Africa have been left in the lurch.
They agreed to the severance package without benefits, even though it was less than what colleagues elsewhere received.
The former employees who spoke to CNN said they felt pressured to accept the severance package without benefits, due to their exhaustion and stress.
They added that they were not interested in taking on the extra burden of a court case.
The situation highlights the challenges faced by workers in Africa, particularly those who are laid off or fired from their jobs.
It is essential for companies to communicate clearly with their employees and provide the agreed compensation and benefits in a timely manner, to avoid such situations.
In conclusion, Twitter employees in Africa who were laid off by the company are yet to receive their severance pay, despite accepting a settlement offer.
The former employees feel "ghosted" by the company and are yet to receive any further communication or compensation.
The situation highlights the need for companies to communicate clearly with their employees and provide the agreed compensation