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Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter was set to close in a few days on October 28. In light of this, an unknown number of their employees have written an open letter to the billionaire with demands.
The open letter (via TIME) addresses questions about the upcoming acquisition, such as the report that Elon will cut 75% (about 7,500) of staff if the acquisition is successful.
As expected, the letter asks that Elon not go through with the staff cuts, as they suggest it will reduce the company’s “ability to serve the public conversation.”
At the time of publication, it is unknown how many have signed this letter, as according to the memo circulated to staff, “signatures will not be published unless we have critical mass.”
Here is the full text of the letter here:
Staff, Elon Musk and Board of Directors:
We, the undersigned Twitter workers, believe the public conversation is at risk.
Elon Musk’s plan to lay off 75% of Twitter workers will hurt Twitter’s ability to serve the public conversation. A threat of this magnitude is reckless, undermines our users’ and customers’ trust in our platform, and is a transparent act of worker intimidation.
Twitter has significant effects on societies and communities around the globe. As we speak, Twitter is helping to elevate independent journalism in Ukraine and Iran, as well as empowering social movements around the world.
A threat to workers at Twitter is a threat to Twitter’s future. These threats have an impact on us as workers and demonstrate a fundamental disconnect with the realities of running Twitter. They threaten our livelihoods, access to essential health care and visa holders’ ability to stay in the country they work in. We cannot do our work in an environment of constant harassment and threats. Without our work, there is no Twitter.
We, the workers at Twitter, will not be intimidated. We recommit ourselves to supporting the communities, organizations and businesses that rely on Twitter. We will not stop serving the public conversation.
We call on Twitter management and Elon Musk to stop these reckless dismissal threats. As workers, we deserve concrete commitments so that we can continue to maintain the integrity of our platform.
We demand from current and future leadership:
Respect: We demand that management respect the platform and the workers who maintain it by committing to maintaining the current number of employees.
Security: We demand that management not discriminate against workers on the basis of their race, gender, disability, sexual orientation or political beliefs. We also demand security for workers on visas who will be forced to leave the country they work in if they are made redundant.
Protection: We require Elon Musk to expressly commit to preserving our benefits, both those listed in the merger agreement and not (eg, telecommuting). We require leadership to establish and ensure fair severance policies for all employees before and after any change in ownership.
Dignity: We require transparent, fast and thoughtful communication about our working conditions. We demand to be treated with dignity and not to be treated as mere pawns in a game played by billionaires.
It is unknown if Musk will respond to the letter or if it will have any effect on any of his rumors at all. It should be stated that if this deal goes through, Musk will become the sole owner of the company.
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