Following an appeal by the General Workers’ Union Malta, NetEnt has been served with an injunction prohibiting the organisation from introducing mass redundancies.
The GWU, representing the majority of NetEnt employees in Malta, filed an application before the Superior Courts of Malta in which it demanded an injunction to prevent the EUR 2 billion business from carrying out any form of redundancy or terminating any jobs.
A representative from GWU stated: “Thanks to the court’s intervention following our urgent request, 324 illegal dismissals have now been put on hold.
“We will continue to insist that NetEnt and Evolution Gaming honour their consultation obligations in full, and we will do our utmost to ensure that jobs are saved, and, where that is not possible, that appropriate compensation is paid.”
In terms of European and local legislation ensuring jobs in a joint redundancy situation, the GWU claimed that NetEnt had ‘failed to notify and consult.’
In addition, the court also charged NetEnt and its new owner Evolution with a ‘wholesale break of EU transfer of undertaking rules’ for what the declaration appears to be.
The GWU criticised the ‘anti-union tactics of NetEnt and Evolution, which it says was intended to‘prevent an effective consultation of employees at a critical moment when they are facing potential redundancy days before Christmas’.
The union claimed in its appeal to the court that the company had arranged a termination agreement with a ’employee representative’ who was dismissive of the pleas of the workers, and who was named by the company itself in violation of knowledge and consultation obligations regulations.
The organisation, on the other hand, declined to meet with the GWU, which now comprises the majority of NetEnt’s local workers.
The court will hear the parties’ claims at a specially scheduled sitting to be held on December 17.