Tata Technologies, an IT company under Tata Group has suddenly fired over 800 employees this month.
Following this, Pune-based employee union for IT/ITes firms Nascent Information Technology Employees Senate (NITES) has filed a complaint with the Labour Commissioner’s office in Pune to take legal action against Tata Technologies ( Hinjewadi, Pune).
NITES President Harpreet Saluja said they have received several complaints from employees of the company on being “illegally terminated under the pretext of maintaining the profitability of the business during the pandemic.”
He explained that the IT firm had put around 400 employees on furlough 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 continued to be on leave without pay till 31 December 2020. According to Saluja, on March 1, around 800-1000 employees received an email of termination.
However, Tata Technologies refuted the claims about terminating 800 employees and said, “Based on our discussions with a section of our employees, who were already on the bench, they had opted to proceed on paid leave followed by unpaid leave for a period of time. However, they continued to be on the rolls of the Company and were also covered under the Company’s health insurance policy along with their immediate family members during this phase."