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No salary, BPO staff stage protest

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Gurgaon, December 06, 2012
First Published: 01:03 IST(6/12/2012) | Last Updated: 01:03 IST(6/12/2012)

About 100 executives of an international BPO, who reportedly have not been paid salaries for three months, staged a night-long agitation in front of their employer’s residence at a posh condominium in DLF City Phase 5. They fear that the directors of the company might give them a ride.

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A total of 137 employees are employed with the BPO firm — PCCare 247.

The employers, however, have stated that their company is running into financial losses after its bank accounts were frozen following an order from a US district court in New York in a fraud case.

“A security guard informed us at our DLF Cyber City office around 8pm on Tuesday that the company directors were collecting documents and planning to flee to their hometown in Rajasthan. We assembled outside the managing direc-tor’s  residence to ensure that he did not flee,” alleged an employee.

“The average salary and incentives of 137 employees is R25,000. The company owes more than R1 crore to us,” said a finance manager with the firm.

The security, food and transport vendors employed with the firm also complained of non-payment of dues.

Later, the police took one of the company’s directors Anuj Agarwal to the Sushant Lok police station on Wednesday morning.

However, after hours of deliberations to reach a compromise, the employees were asked to go to DLF City Phase 2 police station as PCCare 247 falls under its jurisdiction.

While Agarwal refused to comment, his uncle Vishamber Agarwal said despite the financial crunch and the US court order freezing the company’s funds, “the employees will be paid their dues in installments over a period of time.”

Meanwhile, till the time of going to the press, no FIR has been registered in the case though the employees protested in front of the DCP’s office.

“We fear high-handedness of the police,” alleged a women employee. DCP (East) Maheshwar Dayal told HT, “All appropriate action will be taken under the law to solve the problem.”


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