The Telangana Labour Department has called a meeting today with officials of Cognizant and representatives of employees, who claimed that they have been sacked rom the US-based IT firm. The Forum for IT Employees (FITE) had filed a petition alleging illegal termination. “We have received a petition.
There will be a meeting with company officials and the petitioners. This is routine affair. We keep getting such petitions and whenever there is a problem, we try to sort them out,” Joint Commissioner (Labour) R Chandra Sekharam told a news agency .
A forum of IT professionals had petitioned Tamil Nadu and Telangana Governments against what it calls “illegal termination” of employees at Cognizant. Forum of IT Employees or FITE has sought immediate intervention in its petition submitted to Assistant Labour Commissioner Chennai. The forum also has also submitted a petition to Hyderabad Labour Commissioner.
The IT major has denied any layoffs, saying some employees have been let off because they did not meet performance standards. “Cognizant has not conducted any layoffs. Each year, as is the best practice across our industry, we conduct performance review to ensure we have the right employee skill sets necessary to meet client needs and achieve our business goals.
This process results in changes, including some employees transitioning out of the company. Any actions as the result of this process are performance-based and generally consistent with those we’ve made in previous years,” a Cognizant spokesperson said. Cognizant did not reveal the number of employees would be impacted by its latest performance reviews