IT layoffs: Reconciliation failed, case handed over to Pune labour court
It is for the first time the labour office had seen so many people from the IT industry approaching them for issues related to retrenchmentpune Updated: Aug 09, 2017 08:57 IST
In a hearing of the reconciliation, between IT employees who lost their jobs and representatives of Cognizant Technology Solutions (CTS), Tech Mahindra, Wipro and Vodafone, given at the labour commissioner’s office in Pune on Tuesday, it was decided to hand over the case to labour court.
It is for the first time the labour office had seen so many people from the IT industry approaching them for issues related to retrenchment. Three more IT employees filed petitions on Tuesday against their employers.
Harish Puri, labour officer said, “We tried to sort things between the IT employees and their respective companies but, on Tuesday it was the last date for companies and there was no information from the company’s side. Keeping in mind the situation of employees, it was decided to file 13 cases in labour court on behalf of the labour commissioner.”
Assistant labour commissioner, Bhagwan Andhale said, “The department will look into the petitions filed by these employees and call for another hearing in 8-10 days. The department will look into the applicability of the laws and what can be done.”
No HR representatives from Cognizant, Tech Mahindra, Vodafone and Wipro were present for the hearing of these 13 cases in Pune.
Around 45 employees from Cognizant Technology, Tech Mahindra, Wipro and Vodafone, through the Pune chapter of Forum of IT Employees (FITE), had filed a petition in the labour commissioner’s office against their forced resignations under Industrial Disputes Act (IDA). However, companies claimed that they got exemption from many of the labour laws including IDA.
Sudhakar Chaudhari, an employee of Tech Mahindra said, “This is corporate terrorism. The company forced me to resign. When I denied, they threatened me of termination which would inturn affect my career. Eventually, I resigned but I will fight against this corporate terrorism.”
Another IT employee, Sudeshna Sen from Vodafone, also complained against her forced resignation. “I received an award for best performance and still the company forced me to resign. That means performance was not the issue at all.” She also alleged that the HR threatened her of negative reference in future.