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Twitter Staff Outraged After Not Being Paid on Time

Newsweek 11/28/2022 Ewan Palmer
he Twitter account of Elon Musk is displayed on a smartphone with a Twitter logo in the background on November 21, 2022 in Newcastle Under Lyme, England. © Nathan Stirk/Getty Images he Twitter account of Elon Musk is displayed on a smartphone with a Twitter logo in the background on November 21, 2022 in Newcastle Under Lyme, England.

A number of recently laid off Twitter employees have vented their frustration after discovering they weren't paid on time this month.

Twitter staff in the United Kingdom and Germany didn't receive their salaries as scheduled for November, journalist Chris Stokel-Walker reported. Employees normally get paid on the 28th of every month.

As a result, Stokel-Walker said some Twitter workers were forced to go into overdraft when the money didn't appear as expected.

"This is a huge issue that has got current and former employees in private groups up in arms," Stokel-Walker tweeted. "Staff in Ireland and the Netherlands were paid on time. In the last 30 minutes, some of the salaries have been hitting bank accounts... one at a time, suggesting they're doing it by hand."


Some irate staff members, including those cut from the company following Elon Musk's takeover, tweeted that they still haven't been paid for November.

"Love to play 'will i get paid tomorrow or not? on a Sunday night. (no upcoming bacs payments in sight)," tweeted Eli Schutze Ramirez, a software engineer at Twitter based in London, who was among those recently laid off.

"Me either," replied Simon Balmain, who describes himself on his Twitter account as "Schrödinger's senior community manager," having also lost his position.

"Weirdly, got the payslip but not the money."

Nic Keaney, who worked on the "trends" section of Twitter, tweeted a number of memes and gifs noting that she had also not been paid on time.

Chris Younie, who works on entertainment partnerships at Twitter, tweeted a clip of the pop song I just Got Paid by Ella Eyre, Meghan Trainor and Sigala, along with the caption: "No one at Twitter right now."

Stokel-Walker later clarified that staff members appeared to have been paid what they were owed by Twitter by the afternoon U.K. time on November 28.

"I'm very, very glad that staff have now been paid what they're owed. But also it's not a good way to run a company if people starting getting their salary after I approach Twitter for comment (if they still have a comms team...)" Stokel-Walker tweeted.

The delay in payments for some staff members came after the social network experienced mass layoff in the wake of the SpaceX and Tesla CEO's $44 billion takeover of the company.

In a November 26 tweet, Musk shared slides from a Twitter company presentation to show the platform is still functioning and seeing new users since the billionaire's takeover and despite the subsequent firing of around half its staff, with many more resigning or being laid off.

One of the slides he shared reads: "We're hiring."

Newsweek has contacted a number of current and former Twitter employees for comment.

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