Verizon fumbled a mass layoff, and is now under a labor commissioner scrutiny

Verizon fumbled a mass layoff, and is now under a labor commissioner scrutiny
Oh, the thumbnail image? It's former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders giving a fiery corporate greed/labor-adds-value type of speech in front of striking Verizon employees last year. Recently, mass layoffs at the Verizon Data Services India (VDSI) brought renewed focus to the practice, and Verizon seemingly fumbled a procedure or two. 

More than 900 people, mostly mid-level staff, were given the pink slip there due to "role rationalisation." That's not all there is to it, though, as some of the employees reported pretty rough handling:

Adding insult to injury, the obligatory counselor was present, telling the 32-year old Verizon VDSI worker to keep calm, and try not to worsen their health with excessive worrying. The counselor pointed out that he will be getting a generous severance package with four-months worth of pay, too. 

That did little to soothe the hurting soul of the data center employee, and now the Chennai labour commissioner, alerted by the Union of IT and ITES Employees (UNITE), is meeting with Verizon representatives, as well as the affected workers. Needless to say, Verizon is denying unfair treatment, and claims the following in its defense "Security personnel along with HR personnel were part of the meeting to ensure there were no emotional outbursts or adverse reactions." Haven't these guys watched "Up in the Air"?

source: NewsMinute



1. Neoberry99

Posts: 79; Member since: Jun 30, 2015

So close before the holidays. Ducks big time.

2. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

I remember when VZW first took over a telecom (GTE) in South Florida. It was a messy situation for several years. Very hostile company.

6. Nikota

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 21, 2017

VZW didn't exist until then, Bell Atlantic and GTE actually merged to form Verizon. When you bring two companies together, I don't think it can ever be done cleanly. Most of BA's execs retired, but they had a better business model. GTE just took over management. Growing pains for teams changing processes and similar teams merged and lost excess over time. I actually thought it went relatively smooth, but I was on a surviving team in the aftermath...

3. PSAfromThisGuy

Posts: 146; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

Any company that has more than 15 employees can become hostile... the consumers demard large companies like Verizon, WalMart, Amazon, and Apple... When change happens, no body likes it.. Its all part of the "big plan".... lol. Corporate greed will never go away, it'll only get worse in the short upcoming years

4. jsjammu

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 13, 2014

It's just a layoff not the end of life. I've been laid off before, If they don't need you any longer, they don't need you. It's hard but you just have to move on, if one door closes, another one opens. Corporations are greedy and only care about the bottom line and shareholders.

5. bambamboogy02

Posts: 842; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

I don't think this was about the fact that they got laid off, but more so on the WAY the situation was handled(or the way the people were literally handled). I don't think most of these people had enough savings to justify saying "relax". Yes they received a severance, and a few months pay, but hopefully they will find another job soon. 900 or so people where let go, so close to 1000 unemployed are now going to be in the market for jobs, hopefully the job market is in decent shape for their positions.

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