GWU which is also known as the General Workers’ Union in Malta has secured various jobs and they have also negotiated an improved severance package successfully for the staff of NetEnt. This a gaming company that was declared redundant after the acquisition of the company by Evolution Gaming Group – a Swedish gaming giant.
After several consultations with the GWU, the Evolution Gaming Group accepted to offer alternate employment to a minimum of 40 staff in the coming weeks. Also, about 60 staff are expected to be hired by the financial and gaming services operators in Malta. This is a testament of the long term sustainability of the industry and the commitment to the making of quality employment GWU.
The GWU has always represented the majority of staff at NetEnt in Malta and they earlier filed an application before the Superior Courts in Malta. They requested an injunction to stop the organization from terminating any employment or from carrying out any type of redundancy. The First Hall, Civil Court provisionally accepted the injunction of the union.
Thanks to the latest agreement reached, the GWU was able to get an improved severance offer which they negotiated previously with a representative of the staff. Every affected staff will get an extra payment of EUR 750.
Other benefits they’ll also be getting include better protections for staff that are on maternity leave currently and the corporation’s health benefit package will also be available to the affected staff.
Member of GWU that are affected by these redundancies caused by the gaming sector restructuring approved the revised severance offer overwhelmingly.
GWU negotiations were carried out by the Secretary General Josef Bugeja, Deputy Secretary General, Kevin Camilleri, Section Secretary, Riccarda Darmanin, and Aron Mifsud Bonnici who provided the needed legal support.
Josef Bugeja the Secretary General of GWU stated that “we negotiated intensely and with determination. We saved jobs to the extent that this was possible. We ensured that all those who are being let go are suitably compensated.”
Also, he was grateful to Martin Carlsund, the CEO of Evolution and Paul Gonzi the legal advisor of the company for their effort in reaching a reasonable agreement.
Today, the GWU withdrew their court injunction thanks to the fact that the industrial and legal dispute has being resolved.