HYDERABAD: After as many as 250 employees of the Verizon Data Services India’s Hyderabad campus were reportedly retrenched on Wednesday as part of role rationalising exercise, it has come to light that there has been an uncertainty over mid-level jobs (band-7 salary range) for the past six months.
An employee who quit the MNC after working at its Hyderabad campus for 11 years says the work pace slowed down since January. “The reports were being delayed over the last few months compared to the last few years.” A similar exercise, he recalls, was carried out in 2012 when about 250 employees were given pink slips over their alleged poor performance.
One of the employees who lost his job in the current retrenchment process says layoffs are common and frequent in onshore projects at US. “At least twice a year employees are sacked from their roles there,” he says. “Now they have started doing the same with offshore employees in India.”
The New Indian Express visited Verizon’s office at Raheja Mindspace in Hyderabad on Thursday but many employees did not wish to comment on their fired counterparts being ‘manhandled by bouncers’ forcing them to sign the resignation papers. “We are expecting the company to clarify on what has been going on for the past two days,” says one employee. “We have a monthly meeting with our MD, the issue could be addressed by him,” he adds.
Meanwhile, The New Indian Express has learnt that there isn’t much that the Labour Department can do in the issue as all layoffs have been termed as resignations, not terminations. “There is a difference between an employee being terminated and resigned. Resignation is a wilful exercise where the employee is agreeing to the terms and conditions unlike termination,” said R Chandrashekar, joint commissioner, Rangareddy zone, Department of Labour.
The petitions which are currently brought to the State labour department are filed under Section 47 (1) of the Telangana Shops and Establishment Act, 1988. Though the Act mentions that no employer cannot terminate an employee without giving one month’s notice, the section does not mention about a voluntary resignation.