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The union said that the workers made redundant haven't been let go in accordance with Malta's regulations, necessitating the action. The first violation is that representatives were not informed of the decision in writing, and that the second is that the union wasn't acknowledged as an official employee representative, which didn't give the GWU the chance to properly notify employees of the pending action.
In a statement the GWU wrote: "The GWU advises that these measures have become necessary given the gaming companies' declared and manifest unwillingness to consult it, as the employees' representative, in order to avoid mass redundancies in the igaming sector.
"The companies are reportedly planning to lay off over 300 employees, with no effort being made to avoid redundancies, and by engaging in anti-union tactics."
Evolution announced that they were making between 3-500 NetEnt employees redundant in a joint meeting shortly after the purchase was complete. Evolution claims that the moves are being made for cost savings. If found in violation of Maltese rules, the companies would be subject to a fine of at least €1,164.69 for every employee made redundant.
We'll be following this story and updating readers as more developments arise.