The Forum for Information Technology Employees’ (FITE) Pune Chapter has helped a few Cognizant employees file pleas in the office of the labour commissioner. Elavarasan Raja, who is a member of the Pune chapter of FITE told the Indian Express that they are hoping to file similar petitions for employees of other companies, which have allegedly started to layoff their employees.
The pincer attack of visa restrictions and automation have made an impact on employment in the IT sector. Recruiters have predicted that the IT industry may cut as many as 2 lakh jobs in this fiscal. FITE sources have told the Indian Express that as many as 10,000 to 15,000 IT employees may lose their jobs in Pune alone. The sector employs some 3.5 lakh people in Pune.
Although Cognizant has denied that it has laid off any employee, the techies who have filed the plea have told the labour office that the IT giant is allegedly forcing staffers to resign. ”Employees in the lower pay brackets have been asked by the firm to resign. The firm is also threatening to blacklist the techies”.
Raja told the Indian Express that companies are threatening to blacklist the techies if they refuse to resign. Raja said, ”The way in which companies are firing employees is downright illegal. They are not following any norms while firing employees”.
Nikhil Walke, the assistant labour commissioner, told the Indian Express that upon receiving the plea his department would call the HR head of Cognizant for a hearing. Walke said that, ”We will facilitate a meeting between the firm and the retrenched employees.” Walke will call the first such meeting on June 1, according to the Indian Express.
FITE had previously approached the labour commission in Chennai and Hyderabad.