BYJU’S employees meet Kerala Ed-Minister as edtech startup winds down operations in the state

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On Tuesday, a number of BYJU’S employees met with V Sivankutty, Kerala’s Minister for General Education and Labour, to voice their complaints about the company pushing 170 of its employees to leave.

According to a LinkedIn post by Technopark, BYJU’S, which is based in the Carnival building at Technopark in Thiruvananthapuram, plans to cease operations there without giving any advance notice to employees.

“The HR department is contacting employees individually, and telling them to tender their resignation before October 25. So, the employees are not getting any official emails or anything but HR is contacting the employees through Whatsapp, and forcing them to resign,” Vineeth Chandran, Secretary, Prathidhwani, a welfare organisation for techies, stated.

“They are saying that only after the resignation, their [workers’] October salary will be processed otherwise they will be moved to a termination process,” he adds.

Prathidhwani reached out to the Minister for General Education and Labour requesting him to intervene, so that the employees can get a “dignified settlement with the organisation and a revised Exit policy”.

The employees have requested that BYJU’S pay their salaries for October 2022 on November 1st, 2022. They have also requested a one-time pay settlement from the leading provider of educational technology for the next three months.

Additionally, they demand that all accrued vacation days be cashed in and that each employee’s variable pay be settled in full.

Minister V. Sivankutty posted on Facebook that the Labour Department will carry out a thorough investigation into this matter.

“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 a part of our Trivandrum operations to reduce redundancy, we are also offering the entire Trivandrum team an opportunity to relocate to Bengaluru. We have provided them more than a month’s time to decide on this matter,” a BYJU’s spokesperson stated .

“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,” the spokesperson added.

Additionally, BYJU’S stated that it guarantees the employee the chance to be engaged again by BYJU’S in any operational centre in India within the succeeding 12 months.

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