In a press statement released by Airtel today (see todays Guardian Page 20) they stated categorically that “AIRTEL DOES NOT EMPLOY CASUAL STAFF AND DID NOT SACK EMPLOYEES’. Well that’s good news, so what happened to the employees then??
According to Airtel they outsourced all their Call Center Services to Tech Mahindra and Spanco, “seamlessly outsourced” their Information Technology (IT) department to IBM and Network Services department to Nokia Siemens, Huawei and Ericsson as well. Just what else is left then???? That is almost outsourcing the whole company isn’t it?? I can’t think of any other at the moment.
Its is evidently obvious that the sacked workers were casual workers under the guise of being outsourced and as such can be sacked with a waive of the hand. After all they claim Spanco and Tech Mahindra are about to recruit new employees “which will also include employees whose contracts have EXPIRED“..An outsourced staff hardly gets all the benefits usually enjoyed by in-sourced staffs. This is a shame really as nothing will be done at the end of the day.