New York, Jan 24 (EFE).- Dozens of people protested this Wednesday in front of the Twitter offices in New York to request that they rehire the cleaning employees fired at the offices of the Big Apple and at those of their headquarters, in San Francisco (California) after Elon Musk took over the reins of the company.
The cleaning workers today obtained the support of other unions such as doormen, security guards and various members of the 32BJ SEIU union, who, despite the low temperatures and the rain, chanted in front of the New York offices of Twitter: «Workers united They will never be defeated.”
Loreta Gjoni, a single mother with 2 children, told EFE that she is part of the 12 cleaning workers who were fired last December and who is protesting this Wednesday to get her job back.
“They fired the entire team via email,” Gjoni recalled, noting that almost all of them were migrant women, like her, who is from Eastern Europe.
Gjonia received his last payment on January 6, however, he indicated that what worries him most is that he will be without health insurance at the end of this month.
In San Francisco they also protest
Employees who were fired in San Francisco also protested this Wednesday in New York, such as Juana Laura Chavero Rodríguez, who after working for almost 6 years cleaning the Twitter offices was fired last year.
Rodríguez told EFE that in 2 rounds of layoffs they fired 48 people and that she was fired in August, before Musk bought Twitter, while the second wave of layoffs was in December.
The Mexican wants to be hired again because since she was fired she has not been able to find another job with similar working conditions.
Musk took over Twitter in late October for $44 billion, financed in part by the company taking on roughly $13 billion in debt.
The billionaire has sought to cut costs at Twitter since he took over, and one of his first moves was to lay off 3,700 employees.
3,7000 employees fired on Twitter
According to the CNBC portal, the company has disposed of, through layoffs or voluntary departures, 80% of its employees since Musk’s arrival and now has only 1,300 employees.
Last week, Twitter auctioned off furniture, machines and decorations from his company, among other things. A neon sign with a Twitter bird logo sold for around $100,000.
However, the social network has lost many of its advertisers since the change of leadership and the idea of a paid subscription to use Twitter has not been as successful as Musk anticipated.