Maltese suspension has preserved NetEnt AB’s job cuts

The online casino software developer Malta and NetEnt AB have obtained an injunction that, as part of their recent Evolution Gaming Group AB acquisition, temporarily impeded them from implementing more than 300 despotic redundancies.

The superior tribunal’s decision follows an appeal from the General Workers’ Union (GWU). According to a Friday article by the Malta Today newspaper, the organization was believed to be breaking European and local law, as it had neither told nor consulted trade unions concerning the planned mass layoffs.

Convergence impacts:

In the city of Qormi Maltese, NetEnt AB is responsible for a live casino studio and announced in June that it was purchased as part of an all-inclusive $2.12 billion deal by Evolution Gaming Group AB. The business has reportedly aimed at dismissing 324 workers, as its new owner already has nine such live dealerships, one in Birkirkara’s vicinity of the Valletta suburb.

Doubtful approach:

On December 5, however, the GWU filed a complaint alleging that NetEnt AB was using ‘anti-union tactics’ to keep it dark about redundancies and negotiate a termination package through an employee representative appointed himself. Furthermore, the Union claimed that this officer had dismissed its pleas and violated several legal duties to advise and consult.

“There have been 324 unlawful dismissals now kept thanks to the intervention of the Court following our appeal for urgency. We continue to insist on NetEnt AB and Evolution Gaming Community AB completely compliance with their consultative obligations and will do whatever we can to ensure that jobs are saved and that fair compensation is paid, where not necessary.”

Follow-up step:

The newspaper has been reporting, and Malta’s government provides support by setting up the Superior Court of Malta’s oral argument, starting Thursday, for those who are now in danger of losing their jobs via a special telephone helpline.

There is a license for the Malta LGA to make it legal, no matter what sort of online gaming service a company is planning to provide, Malta could provide them with legal support, regardless of whether the online gambling website intends to offer lots, bingos, casino games, poker, non-profit games, sports betting or sweepstakes.