Layoffs: Govt Summons Amazon Over The Recent Layoffs In India
November 25, 2022: The ministry has also asked the IT employees’ union Nascent Information Technology Employees Senate (NITES) will attend the meeting for joint discussion.
The Union Ministry of Labor and Employment has issued a notice to e-commerce giant Amazon, asking the firm to explain its position on layoffs in India.
The ministry has also asked the IT employees union Nascent Information Technology Employees Senate (NITES) to attend the meeting for joint discussions.
The ministry has asked a representative of Amazon India to appear before the Deputy Chief Labor Commissioner in Bengaluru on Wednesday in connection with the alleged forced layoffs by the company.
“You (Amazon) are hereby requested to attend this office in person or through an authorized representative without fail on the above date and time with all relevant records in this matter,” the ministry’s notice issued on Tuesday read.
The development follows a complaint filed by the employee union Nascent Information Technology Employees Senate (NITES) in which it has accused Amazon of violating labor laws.
In a letter to Union Labor Minister Bhupendra Yadav, NITES claimed that Amazon employees were forcibly removed from the company.
Pushing for an investigation, the union maintained that a voluntary separation program has been sent to employees, giving them a November 30 deadline to complete the process.
NITES has claimed that many people’s livelihoods are at stake as a result. Under the Industries Disputes Act, he argued, an employer cannot be dismissed without the permission of the government.
NITES president Harpreet Saluja told the media that the union is waiting for justice for the employees. He also added that the unethical voluntary separation policy framed by Amazon will be scrapped by the government and the action taken by the authorities has brought a sigh of relief to the employees.
According to reports, Amazon Inc announced that it plans to lay off nearly 10,000 employees in corporate and technology roles in what would be the company’s biggest cutbacks ever.
Amazon notified regional authorities in California that it will lay off about 260 workers at various facilities that employ data scientists, software engineers, and corporate workers. The job cuts will be effective from January 17.
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