Zomato facing backlash due to sizeable Chinese investment, Zomato T-shirts burnt by employees
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Zomato facing backlash due to sizeable Chinese investment, Zomato T-shirts burnt by employees

After the Galwan Valley standoff between India and China where 20 Indian Soldiers were martyred, the movement of boycotting all the Chinese products and apps is on pace. Now, Zomato is also facing such backlash as the company has sizeable investment by a Chinese company. The group of Zomato employees have burnt the ‘Zomato T-shirts’ on Saturday. In Kolkata’s Behala people angrily urged that no one should order from the food delivery app Zomato. Zomato have lost some employees as well in the process. As per reports, Ant Financial, part of Alibaba group invested a 14,27% stake worth of 210 million dollars in the company. Recently, the food delivery app received the additional 150 million dollars from the company. One of the protestors was reported saying that, “Chinese companies are making profit from here and attacking the Army of our country. They are trying to grab our land. This cannot be allowed”. A protestor also claimed that they are ready to starve rather working for the companies having Chinese investment. During lockdown in May, the company has also reduced its labour by laying off 520 employees resulting in drastic reduction of 13 per cent. Temporary pay cut of 50 per cent was also implemented for the rest of the staff. The company has however not reacted to the protests yet. Other Chinese smartphone and headphone companies are facing backlash in the market. Meanwhile, these Chinese companies also played the clever move of selling their products under the tag of ‘Made In India’.

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