Vivo India has reportedly laid off over 60 employees from its Greater Noida office. According to reports, the employees were not given any prior notice and were simply asked to wrap up their work and leave post lunch as there was not enough work for them. The disgruntled employees soon got into a scuffle with the security guards and the situation went out of control with the employees ransacking the office and damaging the property. Also Read - Vivo V21e 5G India launch expected soon, specs leaked: Here's what to expectAlso Read - Best 5G smartphones with top MediaTek processors under Rs 30,000 in June 2021
The employees claimed that there was no consideration shown to them. This is not the first time that Vivo has laid off its employees in India. The company partnered with IPL and was the official sponsor of the 10th edition in 2017. However, since the partnership, things seem to have taken a turn for Vivo with the company sacking employees in short intervals. The company has reportedly seen over 1,000 layoffs in India in just the past few months. ALSO READ: Huawei, Vivo become fastest growing brands in Chinese market in Q2, 2017: Counterpoint Also Read - Vivo Y73 launches in India to compete with Redmi Note 10 Pro Max with 1TB expandable storage
The recently laid off workers demanded the wages and clarity on the job when the security guard allegedly slapped and manhandled a worker. The workers then wrecked havoc at the manufacturing unit. As per a Hindustan Times report, the workers were soon joined by others too and staged a protest outside the factory. Those within broke the window panels and damaged the assembly units. The overall damage is estimated to be in lakhs. The clash continued for over 30 minutes post which the police intervened. ALSO READ: Vivo under-display fingerprint scanner: Here s how the technology works
The police listened to both the parties and put a stop to the protest and the violence. Some workers too were injured during the entire protest. Gautam Budh Nagar s Senior Superintendent of Police, Love Kumar, said, “The situation is under control. We have asked the workers not to indulge in any kind of violence and have also asked company to mend their policies, the report quoted. Many of the workers have alleged that Vivo plans to continue the layoffs and has plans to hand over pink slips to over 2,000 more employees in the coming days. ALSO READ: Samsung and Xiaomi battle it out for consumer and distributor adoption
As per a company official, as quoted by DNA, the employees turned violent as they were asked to leave. The official also mentioned that as the employees were contract employees, the normal notice period clause is not applied to them. They were requested to leave as per the standard policy. However, as they attacked the guards and ransacked the property, the company is now planning on taking action against the defaulters. The company is checking CCTV footage to verify who instigated the protests and the violence and will file an FIR against them.
Responding to the allegations, Vivo issued a statement, stating, “With continuous growth and strategic review, we look at staffing the right size in various divisions to improve productivity. The layoff is in line with this business decision. We have strictly adhered to the rules and regulations, and the contract, and are taking all the right measures to ensure a peaceful transition keeping their best interests in consideration.”
Vivo is the second Chinese company to get into a scuffle with the employees in recent times. Just last week, Oppo was in news for treating employees unfairly when a letter of mass resignation began to do rounds of social media. Apparently, employees of the Punjab Service center tendered their resignation over the unfair treatment and insults meted out to them by their managers on a regular basis. The issue has since then been resolved with the employees continuing their employment and rescinding the resignation letter.