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Thursday, May 18, 2017
IT Workers’ Union Against Cognizant Layoffs Shift to Bengaluru
After Chennai and Hyderabad, IT workers’ union
FITE has now decided to approach the labour commission in Bengaluru to submit a
petition to stop the alleged “illegal terminations” happening at Cognizant.
for IT Employees, or FITE, is a representative body of employees working in IT
companies and call centres. The body has already approached labour commissions
in Chennai and Hyderabad, alleging that the US-based firm is illegally
terminating thousands of employees by forcing them to resign. “We are all set
to approach the labour commission in Bengaluru to submit a petition to stop
illegal terminations happening in Cognizant,” FITE Vice President Vasumathi
also plans to approach labour commissions in Kolkata and Pune.
Cognizant had rolled outa voluntary separation programme for
directors, associate VPs and senior VPs, offering them 6-9 months of salary.
Cognizant maintains that performance reviews are done to ensure that it has the
right employee skill sets, FITE is alleging that the highly-paid experienced
professionals are being replaced by those with lesser experience and lower pay.
IT players including Infosys and Wipro have initiated performance reviews, a
move that could see thousands of workers being shown the door.
IT companies have been one of the largest recruiters in the country, increasing
automation of processes is expected to lead to reduction in hiring in coming
said that depending on the outcome of conciliation meetings, a decision would
be taken on whether or not to approach the court to solve the vexed issue.
said FITE plans to hold a protest rally in Bengaluru, for which she is
galvanising support from affected employees through social media platforms like
Twitter and Facebook.
IT Minister Priyank Kharge had earlier asked the affected IT employees to lodge
a complaint with the labour department.
an interview withPTIrecently,
Kharge had said the government would look into the matter and provide legal
assistance if the affected or laid off employees approached it like their
counterparts had in Tamil Nadu.
labour commissions approached so far, have promised to take action, Vasumathi
the Hyderabad meeting on May 11, Cognizant had sought two weeks’ time from the
Telangana labour department to come up with a reply on the said issue.
alleged that there is no transparency in the hiring and appraisal activities of
the IT industry. “IT firms must be asked to submit white papers on these
processes to the government and to the public periodically,” she said demanding
that a tribunal be set up for knowledge-based industries.