Amazon said that no employee was fired, all resignations were voluntary
The Amazon company has reportedly told the Labor Ministry that it has not laid off any employees and has only laid off those who have been let go. Who had accepted the severance package and decided to separate themselves. This came in response to a petition filed by the nascent Information Technology Employees Senate (NITES), Pune-based employees’ union, along with Labor Minister Bhupendra Yadav. It has been claimed that Amazon has forcibly fired a large number of employees in India. A representative of Amazon presented its statement before the Deputy Labor Commissioner, Union Ministry of Labor in Bengaluru. No representative of Amazon India was present during the hearing.
Sources further revealed that every year he reviews his workforce across all verticals and checks whether there is any need for restructuring. Amazon said employees were free to choose or reject the restructuring plan. If they accept the plan, they will receive a “reasonable severance package.” It was maintained that no employee was asked to leave the organisation. But, he was advised to act with his discretion. The company claimed in May that it has created 11.6 lakh direct and indirect jobs in India. By 2025, it has promised to make 2 million in the country. It has offices in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Recently the company laid off 10,000 employees globally. Which is about 3 percent of its total workforce.
On November 18, Amazon CEO Andy Jassy warned employees that there would be more layoffs at the company in early 2023 “as leaders continue to make adjustments”. “Those decisions will be shared with affected employees and organizations in early 2023,” he said in a statement late Nov. 18. “We have not yet concluded how many other roles will be affected. But, when we will have the details. Then, each leader will communicate with their respective teams,” Cesi said. “This year’s review is more difficult due to the fact that, the economy is in a challenging state and we have created jobs at a rapid rate over the past several years,” Jesse said. The massive job cuts affect several divisions, most notably the Alexa virtual assistant business and Luna’s cloud gaming unit.