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Rumor: Sina Mobile Lays Off Staff

Sohu IT, 6/04/08

Inside sources at Chinese online media and wireless value-added service (WVAS) provider Sina (Nasdaq: SINA) have claimed that over 10 employees from Sina's wireless department have not had their contracts renewed, and will shortly be leaving the company. In addition over the next few months the company will let go of more employees from the wireless department, reducing the number of regional managers in the wireless sales department from the current 30, down to 8. Currently Sina's wireless department employs 200 staff.

Sina insiders believe the move may be a play in a game of internal politics, with the current manager of the wireless department, Sun Xiaojun, looking to do a cleanout so as to bring in people loyal to him.

Those employees leaving the company claim that neither the wireless department nor the HR department gave a reason for not renewing their contracts, and only gave one-month of salary as a redundancy package.

Lawyers believe that because many of those leaving Sina have been working for the company for 3-4 years already, another possible reason for the redundancies is that Sina wishes to avoid regulations in the new labor laws that would require it to sign open-ended employment contracts with these employees.

One wireless regional manager stated that due to uneasiness among staff, Sina had recently seen a clear increase in penalties applied to it by operators across all regions.

Keywords: Sun Xiaojun HR Internet Sina Sina Mobile wireless WVAS


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