Pune-based employee union for IT/ITes firms Nascent Information Technology Employees Senate (NITES) haswith the Labour Commissioner’s office in Pune to take legal action against Tata Technologies, Hinjewadi, Pune. Harpreet Saluja, President of NITES, said they have received several complaints from Tata Technologies, Hinjewadi, Pune, employees on being “illegally terminated under the pretext of maintaining the business’s during the pandemic.”
Salujaaround 400 employees on leave in June 2020, which essentially meant that they were on the rolls of the firm and had access to corporate insurance but would not get their monthly compensation. These employees till 31 December 2020. “IT firms such as Tata Technologies fall under the purview of The Industrial Disputes Act and the Shops and Establishments Act, where there is no concept of furlough, making it illegal,” Saluja told Online.
On March 1, Saluja said around 800-1000 employees received an email of termination. Financial Expressemail to one of the employees who requested anonymity.
“The Company has failed toof these employees for the last eight months. Because of this illegal termination on 01st March 2021, more than 800 employees are at risk. The Company has violated Maharashtra state Government’s directions, rules, and regulations issued on 2020 and other statutory labor laws,” wrote NITES in its complaint to the Labour Commissioner, Pune.
“Weus with a framework to tackle such a situation….We an example to avoid such insensitive behavior towards employees in the future,” the letter stated.
Tataabout terminating 800 employees. “Based on our discussions with a section of our employees, who were already on the bench, they had opted to proceed on . However, they continued to be on the rolls of the Company and were also covered under the Company’s policy along with their immediate family members during this phase,” said the Company’s spokesperson.
He added, “We were successful in redeploying nearly 18% of this talent pool in projects that came through thesince then. However, following the passage of significant time, we are culminating our relationship with the remaining norms.”