Violence at Vivo’s Noida office after company announces layoffs: Report


NEW DELHI: Chinese smartphone maker Vivo has reportedly sacked over 60 employees from its Greater Noida office. According to reports, employees were not given any prior notice and were simply asked to leave the office post-lunch as there was not enough work for them. The employees also got into scuffle with guards and also damaged office Property.

According a report by DNA, last month also company fired approximately 700 workers without any notice. After the incident, the workers started protesting in front of the office. The clash between guards and employees continued for half an hour and the police had to intervene to control the situation.

As per the report, Nishank Sharma, Circle Officer-2 Greater Noida confirmed that he asked the workers to not indulge in any kind of violence and also asked the company to mend their recruitment policy.

The officials of the World Trade Centre commercial complex — on whose premises Vivo has an office — also confirmed that the company asked the employees to leave after lunch.

The report further adds that the company officials said that the employees were recruited on contract basis and no notice was required before sacking them. The officials also added that the fired employees attacked the guards and also ransacked the factory. The company is now planning to lodge an FIR against the employees for damaging the office property.

The company has also released an official statement which reads, “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.”

Recently, Microsoft also handed over pink slips to thousands of employees in a shake-up aimed at selling more subscriptions to software applications that can be used on any internet-connected device.

Most people who lost their jobs were part of the salesforce and located outside the US. The Redmond-based company confirmed that it had started sending the layoff notices last Thursday, but declined to provide further details except that thousands of sales jobs will be cut.


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