Kerala Minister for General Education and Labour V Sivankutty has promised employee representatives of edtech company BYJU’s, along with those of Prathidhwani, a welfare organisation of IT employees, that he would look into the ‘labour issues’ cropping up at the company’s development centre at Technopark here.
Employee representatives aired their concerns over the reported move by the company to close operations at the centre without prior notice. More than 170 employees have been working at the Technopark centre that started operations three years ago. Employees alleged that management has been forcing them to put in papers.
Prathidhwani had received complaints from more than 150 employees, and requested the minister’s help to come to an amicable and dignified settlement with the management, complete with a revised exit policy. The policy should include provisions for payouts of compensatory benefits including payment of the salary for October 2022 on the November 1; one-time settlement of salary for upcoming three months from November 2022 to January 31, 2023; encashment of all earned leaves; and full settlement of variable pay as applicable to each employee.
The minister assured the delegations that the Department of Labour will look into the matter. Meanwhile, a spokesperson for BYJU’s said, in this ongoing organisational restructuring for profitable growth, BYJU’s is making every attempt to offer relevant relocation opportunities to the affected employees. “In this regard, while we are discontinuing our Trivandrum operations to reduce redundancy, we are also offering the entire team an opportunity to relocate to Bengaluru. We have provided them more than a month’s time to decide on this matter. If they choose to not use this opportunity, we have made available a generous and progressive exit package to all employees impacted by the restructuring, including extended health insurance benefits, outplacement services and garden leave. This package even includes an assured opportunity to be rehired by BYJU’S within the next 12 months at any operational centre across India.”