Get Fired or Cut 30 to 40% Salary during the Coronavirus Pandemic: These were the two options given by a 600 million dollar IT company to its employees in Islamabad office.
During these hard times where companies are compensating their employees to work from home and finding solutions to prioritize health, this software house which is a subsidy of a multinational company decided to lay off 50 employees during the coronavirus pandemic. As horrible as it sounds, the company has a history of mass firing employees to save profits.
Anyhow, as the situations are getting worse, being unemployed at this tough hour for sole bread earners was a nightmare and that’s how all employees mutually agreed to get 30% of their pay cut while management gets a 40% pay cut.
The company is still calling all of its employees to the office without any relaxation and any sick leaves are unpaid. Further, the sandwich holiday rule applies to the sick which means someone carrying the coronavirus symptoms is bound to come to the office in order to feed his/her family. These extremely strict measures put over 250 employees at risk of CONVID-19.
Many who think this type of behaviour from the management is a ‘sacrifice’ that the company demands, I would like to pose a question.
“Did the company pay more salaries when the dollar price hiked?”
“Did the company pay bonuses when Christmas Day sales went up like anything?”
It is ridiculous to think that such a high worth US-based company won’t even have a 2-month back-up to not suck its employees in such a difficult hour. Times like these prove how much your employers care about us and our company has proven that it never deserved our ownership and loyalties.
On top of all, the CEO claims to support small business in the US during the coronavirus pandemic. This being said, charity begins at home, and cutting off almost half of the livelihood from already underpaid employees is the last thing a company owner should do to support other businesses.
Unfortunately, Pakistan lacks the employment opportunities and labour laws that some strong economically stable countries have, which forces people to take up opportunities at such companies, but in tough times true colours of greedy employers make us choose better in future – If there is any.
I wish to remain anonymous and won’t mention the company’s name. The purpose of this article is to aware people that this doesn’t happen in good companies and it isn’t the way companies calling themselves ‘multinational’ should behave. Last but not the least, we can only ‘climb with you’ if we are not pushed down every time by the harsh and inhumane decisions of management.