Pune, 1 April 2021: After a complaint was submitted to the Labour Commissioner office Pune against Tata Technologies for the alleged illegal layoff of permanent employees, yesterday most of the employees received an email pertaining to the withdrawal of Notice of Separation. Though this is not the complete solution to the problems of employees surely is a big relief.
“It’s a ray of hope for the employees after all the efforts and hard work we have put in against the injustice done to the employees. This is our first step towards success and we will continue to strive hard for the reinstatement and complete backwages of the employees”, informed Harpreet Saluja, president, Nascent Information Technology Employees Senate (NITES).
The Withdrawal of Notice of Separation states:
Dear Colleague, Hope you and your family are safe. This is in furtherance to the Notice of Separation that was issued to you on 1s1 March 2021.
As you are aware the above measure was considered in view of the operational challenges faced by the company, further heightened by the external economic situations. Having said that, as promised, the company’s endeavor continues to be able to find suitable opportunities for you within the organization.
In view of the above, the company has decided to further extend the current arrangement till 30th June 2021 and the NOS issued on 1. March 2021 stands as null and void. Till 30th June 2021., the company provided medical insurance benefit will continue to apply to you. Also, as mentioned in the company’s earlier emails, the terms and conditions governing paid leaves and leave without pay would be the same and shall remain unchanged along-with the application of the bench policy and its provisions.
Further, till 30th June 2021, you may work as a consultant/freelance with other establishments/organizations. Having said that, you will be required to ensure compliance with your confidentiality and non-solicitation obligations as agreed in your employment agreement entered with the company and its policies in this regard. In the event of any breach of such obligations, the company shall have the right to initiate action and claim damages from you for breach of such obligations.
The company will strive to have you deployed for any assignments/ projects depending on the requirements of its clients as on 30th June 2021. In the event, there are no such projects/ assignments as far as your engagement or involvement is concerned as on 30th June 2021, the company shall reserve the right to revisit its decision with respect to the timelines and shall intimate you of the same in advance.
We look forward to your support and continued co-operation in these trying times.
Warm Regards Human Resources Team”
“Firstly, we re-iterate that we categorically deny any claims being circulated in social media about 800 employees being terminated by Tata Technologies.
In July 2020, in response to the business challenges arising out of the pandemic situation, a section of our employees who were already on bench, had opted to proceed on paid leave followed by unpaid leave for a specified period of time. During this entire period, the company had always intended to redeploy these employees based on business demand and by early March 2021, we were successful in redeploying nearly 18% of this talent pool.
With the business demands showing a positive outlook, especially in the area of new digital skills, we were able to identify more business opportunities by end of March 2021 and encouraged to provide possibilities to re-deploy another 40%-50% of the impacted set in the first quarter of the new fiscal FY 22. This renewed confidence has enabled us to extend our continued association with this set of employees to utilize their skills on potential projects.
While we continue to look at future opportunities, we would like to state that provisions of the Bench Policy will continue to apply as the update of demand is majorly confined to new skill areas, as compared to legacy skills.”