Forum for IT employees (FITE) today requested Karnataka Labour Commissioner to order Tech Mahindra and Wipro to stop alleged “illegal” removals of employees immediately and establish conciliation between the management and staff. “On behalf of Forum for IT employees, we request you to intervene and order Tech Mahindra and Wipro authorities to stop such illegal removals forthwith…,” Rajesh of FITE Bengaluru Chapter said in a petition to Labour Commissioner RR Jannu here. Four affected employees from Tech Mahindra and one from Wipro petitioned the Labour Commissioner complaining that their termination was “illegal” and the matter needed to be inquired into.
“Four affected employees of Tech Mahindra and one from Wipro have petitioned me.. They represented that they have now been laid off without any notice and asked to give resignation.. They were confused over the reasons for their layoffs.. They argued they have not been terminated,” he said.
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Jannu said he would forward the petition to the government and to the department concerned to look into it. “For now, I cannot say much.. I will be forwarding the petition to the government, and the concerned labour department will look into it for further action,” he said.
However, Tech Mahindra has denied the claims of layoffs saying, “We continue to implement strategies to meet the changing demands of business in the current global economic environment. As a performance-driven organisation, we assess employee performance on a regular basis and take necessary actions wherever necessary.”
When contacted by phone and e-mail, Wipro officials were unavailable for immediate comments. However, Rajesh said the restructuring activity has not been done on a performance basis, and thousands of employees who are being terminated are actually good performers as they were rated good in appraisals earlier and also were appreciated and awarded for their work from both the client and the company.
Bell-curve-evaluation appraisal process is not transparent and it is irrespective of the performance of the employees, he said. IT companies have been one of the largest recruiters in the country. However, they have warned that increasing automation of processes would lead to reduction in hiring in coming years.