Point and end to the negotiation that has lasted for just under a month. Twitter has reached an agreement with the workforce in Spain to execute an Employment Regulation File (ERE) that will affect 24 of the employees. This leaves the local office team at just five workers. The agreed compensation is the minimum for unfair dismissal, that is, 33 days per year worked.
The talks, as reported by La Información, started in the first week of the year. The goal was to minimize the cost of the office. It was about making a ‘de facto’ closure and keeping the squad to a minimum. Finally there have been a total of 24 layoffs, confirm known sources. The departures will be effective in the next week.
The agreement, advanced by El Confidencial and confirmed by this means, adds to the one already reached with the staff at Facebook Spain, where the local staff was cut by almost 20%. It remains to be seen what happens with the cuts announced at Amazon, Microsoft or Google and if these will have relevant effects on Spanish teams.
Given the number of departures, according to known sources, the possibility of carrying out individual negotiations with each of the employees affected by the measure is ruled out. It was decided to launch an ERE that is now culminating. The local subsidiary obtained income of just 5.3 million euros in 2021, for services provided as commission agent to its sole administrator, the Irish Twitter International Unlimited Company, “to help Twitter in the development, expansion and maintenance of the community of users and potential advertisers in Spain.”
The irruption of Elon Musk after the takeover bid (takeover bid) and his exclusion from the US stock market has generated a lot of controversy in the company. Not only because of some of the product and content policy measures adopted by the American businessman who founded Tesla, but also because of the cuts made to the workforce.
The layoffs announced in November implied the departure of almost half of the global team. From there, other products were also reduced in new cuts. In the United States, it has several procedures opened by groups of employees due to the process chosen to carry out the dismissals.
In recent months there has been a lot of internal opposition to the policy followed by Musk. The CEO of the company in France, Damien Viel, announced at the end of November on his own Twitter account his departure in the midst of the dismissal process. Given the possibility that the office that the technology company has in Brussels will be closed permanently, the European Commission has also shown some concern about the management related to privacy.