Pink slip woes: Maharashtra labour dept calls IT union, Cognizant for talks

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Latest News – Maharashtra labour department officials have called information technology (IT) services major Cognizant and members of Forum of IT Employees (FITE), a union that represents IT workers, for talks on June 1, after complaints were made by former employees that they were forced by the company to resign from its Pune centre.

The state has joined Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Telangana in taking notice of complaints by engineers who claim to have been forced to resign. Business Standard has obtained a copy of the letter issued by N A Walke, assistant commissioner of labour, Pune, asking the manager (or equivalent representative) from Cognizant’s Pune campus to appear for a meeting on June 1. The labour department took this decision after members of FITE and former Cognizant employees filed a petition against the company.

FITE has already approached labour commissions in Chennai, Hyderabad, and Bengaluru on allegations over “forced layoffs” at Cognizant.

On Thursday, Cognizant President Rajeev Mehta reached out to employees denying that the company had layoffs and instead assured them that the firm was hiring both in India and the US. He also maintained in an email to employees that the company’s performance review policy was in line with industry best practices and it was important to meet the desired skill set to fulfil clients’ demand (Read More)

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