Twitter has fired almost all of its employees in Ghana, less than a week after being acquired by billionaire Elon Musk. According to a source, the nearly 20-man crew was down to one member.
“The company is reorganizing its operations in order to reduce costs,” said Fidelma Callaghan, Director of People Services, in an email to employees.
Mr. Musk promised to make significant changes at Twitter, including layoffs worldwide.
According to a BBC report, employment termination emails were sent to Ghana employees’ personal accounts after they were denied access to their work accounts.
Staff were warned not to “contact or deal with any customers, clients, authorities, banks, suppliers, or other company employees, and are required to notify the company if contacted.”
“It’s extremely offensive. The whole thing. From the mail to the lack of next steps to the letter’s tone. “Simply everything.” “It’s ridiculously insulting,” a disgruntled employee told the BBC.
The letter informed employees that their last day of work would be December 4, but warned them not to seek other employment before that date.
“You must ensure that the company is aware of your whereabouts and how you can be reached during each working day to ensure your availability during the transition of responsibilities,” the notice states.
It also requires an agreement between the organization, the worker or union, and redundancy pay. Twitter announced last year that it would open its first office in Africa, but its commitment to the region is now in doubt.