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NITES writes to Labour Minister over Amazon layoffs, alleges violation of labour laws

NITES writes to Labour Minister over Amazon layoffs, alleges violation of labour laws

The employees’ body has alleged that Amazon employees are being forced to quit voluntarily, and sought an inquiry into the matter.

Employees at Amazon in India are being forced to quit the company, alleged employee union Nascent Information Technology Employees Senate (NITES) in a letter to Union Labour Minister Bhupender Yadav. NITES has sought an inquiry into the matter.

The letter states that said employees have been sent details of a Voluntary Separation Program, and the livelihood of employees and their families is at stake. As per the letter, written by NITES President Harpreet Singh Saluja, the company has given a deadline to the employees until November 30 complete this process.

“A lay-off is a condition where the employers are constrained to deny work to their workforce owing to conditions that bring forth temporary inability to keep their business going which is clearly not scenario in Amazon’s case (sic),” the letter reads.

It adds that as per the Industrial Dispute Act, the employer cannot lay off an employee without prior permission from the government, and a copy of the application has to be given to the concerned workmen as well. Additionally, it states a worker who has worked for at least a year continuously cannot be retrenched unless they are also served a notice three months in advance.

The letter adds that Amazon has violated labour laws in the country.

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