Alleging forced resignation, 19 IT employees seek TN govt’s intervention

Alleging that a few IT companies have started to follow a new strategy, to reduce the work force in the name of PIP – Performance Improvement Plan, 19 software professionals and Forum for IT Employees – FITE filed a group petition under Industrial Dispute Act – 2K, with the labour commissioner in Chennai.

Based on this new strategy, each employee – whether in a project or not, irrespective of the performance rating – has to write an exam, a statement said.

“If any employee fails to clear that exam, then they may get terminated. When discussed with employees, they elaborated the procedure that appeared to be more beneficial to the organization than improving employees’ skills.

In account of pressure of resignation imposed to the employees by Cognizant Technology Solution company HRs, the frustrated 19 employees of Cognizant and the members of Forum for IT Employees – FITE stood up against this injustice, approached labour commissioner in Kuralagam, Chennai explaining him about this job insecurity and filed a group petition under Industrial Dispute Act – 2K to resolve this as soon as possible.

The 2K petition illustrating the job-threat imposed and employees not being allowed to get tagged to any project with a motive of forced resignation by HRs and bonus & the increment was not given in the name of performance appraisal which was already decided by the management with the concern of termination.

The labour officer of conciliation accepted the petition with much concern and have guaranteed employees with job-security standing against the threat of induced resignation.

The Cognizant officials would be sent a copy of the petition in a couple of days calling both the sides to hear their concerns on this discrepancy,” it added.