26th May, 2020
SWARAJ INDIA ASKS OLA CABS NOT TO SACK 1400 EMPLOYEES BUT INSTEAD SEEK GOVT. SUPPORT
-Salaried Indians form the bedrock of India’s consumer economy. Yet no one is ready to fight the grave injustices being heaped on them. Swaraj India shall be their voice: Yogendra Yadav, National President, Swaraj India
-Ola is not an exception but is the rule. Employees who have served their organisations for decades are being abandoned yet the Central Govt. is silent. What about their future? What about their rights?: Manish Kumar, National Vice-President, Swaraj India
Delhi, 26th May, 2020: Swaraj India National Vice-President Manish Kumar today wrote to Shri Bhavish Aggarwal, Co-Founder & CEO of Ola Cabs, requesting him to keep the company’s decision to layoff 1400 of it staff (25% of the company’s employed workforce) in abeyance. [Copy of Letter attached to Press release]
It was pointed out to Shri Aggarwal that several organisations, economists and intellectuals have taken up the issue of employees salaries and job security with the Central Government and have prepared and made public a detailed proposal in this regard. In that proposal, the Central Government has been asked to ensure Income for Everyone Through Cash Support for Salary by providing interest-free loan to distressed companies so that they can pay not-less-than 1/3rd salary to employees. In addition, the Government has been asked to pay 6 month EPF contribution to companies that continue to pay salaries. In view of this, Ola should not lose hope and extinguish the hope of its employees – instead, it should engage with the Central Govt. and find a way to save jobs and the future of the thousands of families who are dependent on Ola for their livelihood.
Shri Aggarwal was reminded of the company’s commendable and applaudable statement that Ola (a) has given lease rental waivers and provided relief of up to Rs.25,000 per month to more than 30,000 driver partners and (b) has provided support to more than 2 lakh families with zero interest loan through Ola Sahyog initiative. In the very same admirable spirit that Ola has already displayed towards its driver partners and the beneficiaries of Ola Sahyog, the CEO of Ola was requested to keep in abeyance the decision to lay off 1400 of its employee. Shri Aggarwal was also reminded that employees have worked hard to bring Ola where it is today and it is only fair that in difficult times the Ola family should stay together and no one should be abandoned.
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