India’s largest IT service provider Tata Consultancy Services is indulged in an annual workforce restructuring process that appears to have contradicted into a major controversy with a group of IT professionals coming together to form a union and petition Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his intervention.
Vinod, a co-ordinator of Chennai-based Forum for IT Employees (FITE) told to tell newspaper that “As part of its decision to lay off 25,000 employees, TCS has been issuing pink slips to its employees since the last few days. This is an entirely unethical exercise aimed at cost-cutting and maximising profits. Already over 1,000 employees have contacted us. They are associate software consultants or associate software technologists, with an experience ranging from seven to 14 years. Almost none of them are under-performers as they have got performance grading of A, B or C. If the management says these people are underperformers, it should show the proof.”
FITE is an organisation that tries to work against illegal re-trenchment of employees. FITE started an e-petition on change.org “to immediately stop the indiscriminate job termination of employees in TCS” and to order the company “to reinstate all those employees terminated in the ‘restructuring’ drive back to payrolls of TCS.”
On Dec 29, 2014, the petition was started, got 4,265 signatures in six days. For kick-start the petition process change.org requires 10,000 signatures.
1,500 people have been sacked in India conferring to some unconfirmed reports and out of this half of the people were from Hyderabad campuses.
At present IT companies are not indulged by the Industrial Employment Act. This is not allowing disallows IT employees from forming any labour union or association.
A TCS spokesperson, however, confuted all the allegations made by FITE.
An official said “The workforce being affected by the restructuring is very small. It is just 3,100 people who will be leaving the company. This number constitutes just one per cent of TCS total headcount of over 3 lakh that is spread over 46 countries.”