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Fearing layoff, BYJU workers in Kerala approach the state’s labor minister

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Edtech unicorn BYJUThe incident sparked further controversy with its workers in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday, alleging that about 170 of them are being forced to resign from the company.

The issue, raised on social media by Technopark Today, a community portal for IT professionals, was escalated to Kerala Labor Minister C. Sivankutty by IT welfare organization ‘Prathidhwani’. Employees and Prathidhwanic Representatives also met with the minister on Tuesday.

In addition to ensuring that BYJU’s not forcing employees to resign, they demanded a review of the company’s exit policy for its employees.

In addition to ensuring payment of their paychecks from October 2022 to November 1, employees require a one-time settlement of three months’ salary, collection of earned leave and full settlement of variable compensation.

According to the approximately 170 employees in Thiruvananthapuram, Byju’s, with its office in the Technopark, plans to end its operations at the state headquarters.

Sivankutty said in a Facebook post: “The employees of BYJU app from Technopark Thiruvananthapuram had come to see me. The workers have many grievances, including job loss. The Ministry of Labor will conduct a serious investigation in this regard.”

With losses of Rs 4,500 crore reported in FY21, BYJUs has been going through some rough times of late. The company had recently announced cost-cutting measures, including downsizing of manpower.


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