The Madras High court has restrained Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) from terminating the services of one of its employees in Chennai. The HC has granted an interim injunction against the IT major’s pink slip on a petition which challenged the termination order.
Sasirekha Natarajan, a pregnant lady employee, has challenged the termination notice before the HC, stating the order was unjustified and in violation of the Section 25 of the Industrial Disputes Act and the principle of ‘last come first go’. She was given the marching orders on December 22, asking her to leave by January 21.
Justice Duraiswamy on Tuesday granted a four-week interim injunction, restraining TCS from retrenching her. The temperory relief from the court has come amidst the controversy over reports that TCS planned to retrench thousands of techies.
Rekha in her appeal submitted that she joined TCS in Chennai in March 2011 as an IT analyst and that she comes as a ‘workman’ within the meaning of the Section 2(s) of the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947, as her main duties and responsibilities are technical and clerical in nature.
Pointing out that she was an honest, sincere and dedicated worker and that her performance had always been very good, Rekha said she had been given the rating ‘C’ (meets expectations) thrice during her service in TCS. She said the company reportedly had taken an unfair decision to terminate the services of 25,000 workers, holding designation of assistant consultant and above, and to recruit 55,000 persons, predominately freshers on the basis of campus interviews, and other less experienced persons with to cut costs.
ATCS spokesperson told FE: “We have not received any court order regarding this. TCS conducts its performance appraisal process in a fair and professional manner. We will review the issues raised in a responsible and considerate manner.”