Labour Court halts termination of People India edition staff

30 Jul,2013

By A Correspondent


The Labour Court in Bandra, Mumbai has stayed the Outlook magazine group’s decision to terminate the employment of 17 staffers of the Indian edition of People magazine. The Editor of the magazine, Saira Menezes, and 16 other editorial employees moved the Labour Court since they felt that the employers were not forthcoming about their settlement (read: dues).


From what MxMIndia learns, there is no termination notice served on the employees, and only a verbal communication was made by Outlook group President Indranil Roy that their services would stand terminated from the evening of July 31. The communication was made only a day after the news was made public with the Outlook group’s statement appearing in sections of the media.


While the employees have questioned the decision of the management to close People magazine’s Indian edition, all that they appealed to the Labour Court was that proper procedures of law be followed if their services are terminated. The employees felt that Outlook Publications was indulging in unfair labour practice by terminating their services without due legal procedure.


Saira Menezes and 16 others were complainants, Mr Vinod Mehta, Editorial Chairman, and Mr Roy were the respondents.


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