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Outlook resolves differences with employees

After days of strife with the employees of its People magazine,publishing group Outlook said it will compensate them for their days of service

Written by Anushree Chandran | Mumbai | Published: August 7, 2013 2:10:51 am

After days of strife with the employees of its People magazine,publishing group Outlook said it will compensate them for their days of service. The company had announced on July 26 that it will not renew licenses with international magazines,People,Marie Claire and Geo,and with that Outlook terminated more than 100 journalists and other employees. The employees reached out to the Labour Court in Mumbai,which directed Outlook to reinstate employees till the due process of law was followed.

As per a statement released earlier by the Press Club of Mumbai,“No formal notice of closure was given nor due process followed. The employees came to know of the closure and their termination from social media,tweets and over the phone that 31 July was their last day. Termination of employees must follow the due process of law and be accompanied by proper notice,reasons for termination and simultaneous payment of dues.”

An employee from People magazine,on the condition of anonymity,said,“None of the group executives explained anything to us,though they did tweet about it. My editor was informed on the phone that the magazine was being pulled off. For over an year now,our payments have been irregular. Even when this news broke,we were still waiting for our June salary.”

The Outlook group,however,says that these issues are a thing of the past. “We have settled all differences with the employees and the issue is closed now. All the three magazines are licensing brands and unfortunately they were an unviable business proposition for us. Therefore,we decided to discontinue with the publishing of the international titles and focus with our own brand,” said Indranil Roy,president of Outlook group.

When asked if the group is looking for buyers for its flagship magazine Outlook,Roy denied it. “The news of selling our business is absolutely wrong. Our promoters are totally committed to the business.”

Saira Menezes,editor for People magazine echoed much of what Roy said.

Corrections,Clarifications and Disclaimers

August 7

In the report,‘Outlook resolves differences with employees’,on page 20,the quote from Saira Menezes was inadvertently edited out.

The paragraph should have read: Saira Menezes,editor of People magazine,echoed much of what Roy said in the context of the settlement reached with employees. “There has been an amicable settlement following the process of law and the team is satisfied with the outcome. Hence we decided to withdraw the case,” she said.

She was not referring to the Outlook licensing brands or their viability or the Outlook magazine.

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