The Chennai-based IT Employees Forum (FITE) is exploring legal options following the failure of its talks with Tamil Nadu labor commissioner on the recent layoffs that have shaken the information technology sector, sources said.
The measure comes a few weeks after Cognizant announced a plan to lay off about 12,000 middle and upper level employees. There have also been reports of senior managers who were asked to go to Capgemini and Infosys.
"The labor commissioner said that (the dismissal) is not in his hands and said that if we have to continue with the issue, the unions must take the legal route," a source said.
"Therefore, we will take legal recourse, but after obtaining a judgment on a similar case." The case, heard by the Madras High Court, questions the termination of employees in a major IT company a year ago and expect a decision in three months.
If the order is positive, the union plans to challenge cognitive dismissals in court. "In case the ruling becomes negative, we will call a strike of all IT employees," said a union member.
FITE, which has about 10,000 members and is among the largest IT workers unions in the country, filed a petition with the labor commissioner on November 5 shortly after Cognizant announced his plan to cut the workforce. The Union He filed another petition on November 13, one day after one of its members, Elavarasan Raja, was fired.
The IT / ITeS Employees Union and the Karnataka State IT / ITeS Employees Union are among the other groups of IT workers active in the country.
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