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[Update]Oppo Punjab Service Team Quits Over “Indians Are Beggars” Statement

Oppo India MD Steps Down Amid Mounting Losses (Image: Reuters)

Oppo India MD Steps Down Amid Mounting Losses (Image: Reuters)

Mass resignation at Oppo Service Team in Punjab on the derogatory statement after a salary hike was demanded.

The entire service team of Oppo Mobile in Punjab has reportedly resigned after employees claimed that the Chinese company “disrespected India” and said, “Indians are beggars.” According to the employees, the derogatory statement was made after a salary hike was demanded. The resignation letter, signed by Oppo Service Team Punjab, was also forwarded to major dealers and distributors of the region. While the company is yet to comment on the incident or confirm the same, employees at the facility has taken the incident seriously.

As per ground sales team, with tough competition from the likes of Xiaomi and others, Oppo smartphones, otherwise expensive, are facing a tough time in the country as the “handsets are not value for money.”

UPDATE: Oppo in an official statement has confirmed that a consensus was reached and the service team is continuing to work.

We at OPPO India are aware of the recent report related to our Punjab Service team on July 15th and it had been resolved on July 16th. The whole issue was due to the miscommunication between the two parties. The service team was upset over the manager being asked to tender his resignation because of inadequate work performance after several formal warnings for the same. But later, a consensus was reached and the concerned service team is continuing to work with us.

OPPO has deep respect for India, its culture and our employees. We will try our best to avoid misunderstandings due to any form of miscommunication in the future.

The resignation letter dated July 15, 2017 read:

“We are OPPO Service Team Punjab & here we are resigning whole service team because our HODs is making pressure to our Service Manager Mr. Arun Sharma to resign, & by wrong pressure.

He (name of HOD yet to be identified) always disrespect our India Country & our culture. As per him we Indian only work for Money, & we are not having any dignity & self respect.

He always makes us unnecessary penalty & wrong commitment.

He make us to work till late night & if we miss any report he create penalty.

When some employee asks for salary increment, he says Indian are beggars always asking for money.

There are a lot of other reasons too, but this kind of hitlership is not accepted any stage of private sector.

So kindly accept our resignation." [SIC]

Back in March, a Chinese employee at the Noida Sector 63 facility of Oppo India had reportedly tore the Indian national flag and dumped it in a dustbin which had led to huge protests by other employees, residents of the area along with activists from the Vishva Hindu Parishad. Over 200 police personnel were deployed to bring the situation under control. A case was also filed by the police against the Chinese employee.

The Chinese employee was later fired by Oppo India.

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first published:July 20, 2017, 12:19 IST