Pune: The Pune Labour Commissioner’s office summoned Amazon on January 17 in connection with alleged layoffs by the company in India and its voluntary separation program (VSP) that the e-commerce company had introduced a couple of months ago to reduce its headcount.
The Pune labour commission has also summoned NITES (Nascent Information Technology Employees Senate), the IT employees union, for a joint discussion on January 17 over the alleged layoffs by the e-commerce giant in India.
On November 19 last year, NITES had written a letter to Union Labour and Employment Minister Bhupender Yadav, condemning the layoffs started by the company in India and asked for the minister’s intervention into the matter.
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The NITES said it has received several complaints from the employees of Amazon that they are being forced to quit the company voluntarily, reported The Hindu businessline.
“Livelihood of 1000s of employees & their families has now been made vulnerable. As per procedures laid down under Industrial Dispute Act, the employer cannot, without prior permission from the appropriate government, lay-off an employee featuring on the muster rolls of the establishment,” Harpreet Singh Saluja, President of NITES said in a statement.
“It is hereby informed that a joint meeting will be held in front of the undersigned in his hall on 17/01/2023 at 3 pm, regarding the layoff of workers in your establishment/ factory,” the notice issued by the Assistant Labour Commissioner read.
Representatives of the management and trade union should be present with the necessary documents and records as well as the power of attorney, the notice further said.
The company employs approximately 1,00,000 workers in the country. However, the firm is planning to lay off around 1,000 employees in India as part of its broader plan to slash its headcount by 18,000 globally.
However, Amazon is yet to respond to the notice by the Pune Labour Commissioner till the report was published.