Techies from both inside and outside Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) gathered near Vydehi Hospital in Whitefield, Bangalore on Wednesday the 21st Jan 2015,, staging a protest against the recent layoffs by the software major under the banner of Forum for IT Employees (FITE).
Dubbing the layoff as unethical, the protestors also created an e-petition requesting the intervention of the PMO, labour department and the state government to investigate and stop this retrenchment. FITE’s coordinator Venkatesan said, “It is not only unethical but illegal. The employees are being shown the door with short notice. They are being falsely labelled as underperformers or that their skills do not match any of the requirements of TCS. This ille gal termination is well planned by TCS and is being executed with no concern for employees who worked for years, many of them for more than ten years for its growth. The employees were not given any other option. They are being threatened to sign the resignation forced on them, and are not given compensation they are eligible for.“ As of now, 11,500 people have signed the petition. “We are expecting it to reach 20,000 soon. Next week, we have planned to submit the petition to our state IT minister and request him to intervene in the matter and complain to the labour department,“ he added.
Suman Arora who worked as a consultant in TCS for 18 years was sacked recently. “The company said that I have not upgraded my skills. I sought a transfer from Delhi to Banga lore and within a month they said they didn’t have any pro ject and sacked me,“ Arora said., A techie who lost his job in TCS said, “I was in a project and pulled out of it. They said that my skillset is not suitable. My image is spoilt. They did not discuss with me before sacking me. They handed me a letter on December 22 stating that December 31 would be my last working day.“
Nithin Shashi -a software engineer in another private firm who attended the protest, said, “As per the labour laws, a company can terminate an employee temporarily if the company cannot be run for unavoidable reasons. If the company is planning to terminate more than 50 employees, then it needs to intimate the labour department in advance, seeking permission for the same, with complete explanation. In the case of TCS, the number is said to be 25,000, but the labour department was not informed regarding this.“
Another IT professional, Santhil S, said the sacking process is not done as per law.