1. After Cognizant layoffs row, techies in Tamil Nadu look to create forum to fight for rights

After Cognizant layoffs row, techies in Tamil Nadu look to create forum to fight for rights

Days after employees of Information Technology giant Cognizant complained against the company, accusing it of pink-slipping them 'illegally', techies in Tamil Nadu are looking to join hands to form a trade union.

By: | New Delhi | Published: May 18, 2017 5:35 PM
A tripartite meeting between the forum state joint labour commissioner (JLC) and company representatives was held in Chennai. (Reuters)

Days after employees of Information Technology giant Cognizant complained against the company, accusing it of pink-slipping them ‘illegally’, techies in Tamil Nadu are looking to join hands to form a trade union, an NDTV report said. As per the report, several software engineers have joined the union, which is to be called, ‘Forum for IT Employees’ (FITE), Tamil Nadu. As per NDTV, the state has about 4.5 lakh employees in the Information Technology sector. While this number may seem large, but techies are wary of joining any trade unions as they fear being bracketed as trouble-makers as this may harm their careers over the long-term.

Yesterday, a tripartite meeting between the forum state joint labour commissioner (JLC) and company representatives was held in Chennai, to discuss the layoffs issues as alleged by members. The union had earlier moved a petition with the state government’s labour department, FE Bureau.

A similar meeting had taken place in Hyderabad earlier. The company, when contacted confirmed the development, but did not comment further.

According to a report, there were about three or four senior officials of HR department of the company, who were part of the meeting. The Forum has reportedly alleged that Cognizant was forcing some employees to resign. However, officials told the joint labour commissioner that the company was neither had asked any employee to submit resignation nor indulging in lay-offs. Cognizant has also asked for a few days’ time to come out with the detailed information, according to FE Bureau.

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It is to be noted here that unions like FITE and NDLF IT Employees Wing were trying to mobilise the employees of IT companies to argue their cause when several employees either were either laid off or been asked to resign due to increasing digitisation, automation and cost cutting steps as well the pressure to recruit locals in the United States.

Meanwhile, as per a PTI report, the union, after Chennai and Hyderabad, has decided to approach Bengaluru’s labour commission to stop “illegal termination” in the company.

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