The First Hall of the Civil Court effectively stopped the termination of jobs with NetEnt. The Court granted a request by the General Workers Union for an injunction of € 2 Billion against gaming company to prevent more collective redundancies.
This follows General Workers Union announcement earlier this month that they declared an industrial dispute with NetEnt and Evolution Gaming Group after the peremptory dismissal of hundreds of workers from NetEnt following the takeover by Evolution Gaming.
Earlier today, the GWU, which represents the majority of NetEnt workers in Malta, filed a request for an injunction to prevent the company from terminating any employment.
The union in the complaint noted that NetEnt did not notify it of collective redundancies and did not consult with it under European and Maltese law which is intended to protect employment in the context of collective redundancies. GWU accused the company and the new owners, Evolution Gaming, of violating European law on business transfer.
A spokesman for the GWU said that with the intervention of the Court following the application, 324 illegal redundancies have now been stopped.
The news of NetEnt company sales and collective redundancies was communicated to local workers last week. Many workers were reportedly shocked and disappointed as the new owners escorted the workers out of the workplace in a matter of hours.