Snapdeal employees on Thursday intensified their protest against the ecommerce major, which had asked them to meet a higher performance standard, by moving a plea to the labour department to intervene in the matter and help them get their jobs back.
“We have been illegally terminated and locked out of the establishment w-e-f February 23, 2016. You are therefore requested to intervene in the matter to get us reinstated with back wages,” reads a letter addressed to Delhi’s Deputy Labour Commission (South).
The letter has been signed by more than 200 employees of Snapdeal’s customer service department. The letter also alleges that the company “forcefully” made 600 employees resign over the last one year.
This follows failed talks between the agitating employees and the company, which turned down their demand for a three-month severance pay.
In the last two days, nearly 200 employee have been asked to either resign or accept the new performance improvement plan and meet the targets in a month’s time. Failure to do so will result in termination, the company had told them, according to the employees.
Snapdeal did not respond to an emailed query seeking its reaction as of press time Thursday. “We have protested all night and have not received any assurances from the management,” said an employee who is on his way out. “Court seems the only way forward. We will be losing this month’s salary by taking this step, but we want justice,” he said
According to a senior labour department official who spoke to ET on condition of anonymity, the Industrial Dispute Act, 1947 sides the employees in this case.
“Section 25(n) clearly states that the employer has to give a one-month notice to employees if less than 100 are being asked to leave. If more than 100 employees are asked to go, then the employer should give a threemonth notice,” the official said.
V Nagaraj, a professor at National Law School of India University specialising in labour laws, said it takes 45 days for any reconciliation to take place. “If the matter isn’t resolved in this time frame, then employees can approach the labour department once again,” he said.