According to the reports A Anjanappa, the deputy chief labour commissioner, has summoned the company regarding the voluntary separation program (VSP). As a part of this, Amazon’s public policy, manager Smitha Sharma was notified to attend the hearing on November 23.
“This communication is to inform you that Amazon is implementing a Voluntary Separation Program (VSP) which is temporarily available to eligible employees within Amazon’s AET organization. Pursuant to the VSP eligible employees will have the opportunity to resign voluntarily from employment in exchange for the VSP benefits described below. Application Forms to participate in the VSP must be submitted via smart forms between November 16, 2022, and no later than 6:30 am India Standard Time on November 30, 2022 (Election Period),” stated the VSP document shared by the company.
Sharma received a notice from the ministry where it was clearly mentioned that she was requested to show up to the office along with relevant records.
Asserting the disagreement with Amazon’s VSP, NITES president Harpreet Singh Saluja, in a news report was quoted as saying, “Amazon employees who have served for at least a year of continuous service cannot be laid-off unless served a notice three months in advance and prior permission from the appropriate government. The company needs to submit an application to the authorities along with the reasons for such layoffs. Then the appropriate government authorities will decide whether the layoffs can be permitted or not after hearing both the parties.”