GWU & NetEnt reach agreement; 40 employees offered alternative jobs

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The General Workers’ Union, GWU, announced that it has secured several jobs and successfully negotiated an improved severance offer for employees of gaming company NetEnt who were declared redundant following the company’s acquisition by Swedish gaming giant Evolution Gaming Group. 

The GWU said that following consultations with the union, Evolution Gaming Group has now accepted to offer alternative employment to at least 40 employees within the coming weeks. Another 60 employees are expected to be absorbed by gaming and financial services operators in Malta. The union, therefore, withdrew the court injunction.

The GWU, which was representing the majority of NetEnt employees in Malta, had earlier filed an application before Malta’s Superior Courts, requesting an injunction to prevent the company from implementing any form of redundancy or from terminating any employment. The First Hall, Civil Court had provisionally accepted the union’s injunction.

With the new agreement each affected employee will receive an additional payment of €750 and other benefits include better safeguards for employees currently on maternity leave and the availability of the company’s health benefit package to affected employees.

GWU Secretary General Josef Bugeja stated that said that the union negotiated intensely and with determination. He also thanked Evolution CEO Martin Carlsund and company legal advisor Paul Gonzi for their collaboration in reaching a satisfactory agreement.