Employees in Kerala allege Byju’s made them resign forcefully

Byju’s recently announced the layoff of 2500 people as part of a restructuring process

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On 25 October, 2022, a group of employees from the Thiruvananthapuram branch of Byju’s in Kerala met V Sivankutty, labour minister of Kerala with a request to intervene and help mete out justice. The employees allege that their employer, Byju’s, is suddenly asking staff to resign.

About 140 to 170 employees working at the Carnival Building of Technopark approached Prathidwani, a welfare organisation of IT employees after Byju’s decided to wind up its operations in the city and asked employees to resign without giving any prior notice.

The representatives of Prathidhwani along with the aggrieved employees met the Kerala labour minister who has promised to investigate the matter. The Minister posted on social media about his meeting with the employees of Byju’s and the representatives of Prathidhwani. His post says that he will look into the complaints and job losses at the Company assures that the government will seriously investigate the matter.

A Byju’s spokesperson told Business Today that the Company has given the employees an option to either move to Bangalore location or be prepared to be compensated with health-insurance benefits, outplacement services and garden leave. As per the spokesperson, the package also includes an assured opportunity to get rehired by Byju’s within 12 months at any of its operation centres across India.

A Moneycontrol report states that as per Prathidhwani, the employees were only given two options, either to resign or have their contracts terminated. Out of fear, some employees even decided to resign.

The employees are also demanding a revised exit policy.

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