It is not easy to stand up to a multi billion dollar corporate company. Fear factor instilled by the company and hostile political environment make it worse for the employees.
But, employees can gather strength by joining together as a Union. Some of the affected CTS employees are discussing their issues in a group co-ordinated by NDLF – IT Employees Wing.
Some of the experiences (all names removed, some spellings corrected, comments added in square brackets)
1.HR says all MS rated people have to resign
HR is calling me for a discussion again. I pushed a mail with my resignation withdrawal email till AVP level.
“I have been forced to leave the job, which amounts to illegal retrenchments. I have joined Cognizant as a fresher [removed] & this was the first appraisal process i have gone through so far. I have never Accepted MS rating & even if i got MS, I deserve one more chance in the organisation. I want clarification for the MS rating given to me.
I am withdrawing the resignation, which i submitted due to pressure given by HR. Please approve resignation withdrawal request as i want to continue my journey with CTS.”
She called me in office for a meeting [removed]. I told I can’t reach. She told she will talk with AD and call me later. [removed] they have called me for a discussion.
3 of them were in the discussion I had with Associate director of hr.
They r saying we have not given any pressure to resign as there is no opportunities for MS people you have resigned.
[But they also say that] We clearly instructed NOT to allocate MS associates to projects even though managers r ready to take.
HR said all MS people’s have to resign. Even if they have project in hand. HR telling that MS associates don’t get projects is just a trick
2. I WON’T RESIGN
Just now I am done with the discussion with HR. She was forcing me to resign today itself. I said i won’t resign. She said you got MS rating and in bench, now you are in PDP. If you u come to CDP you will not have any option. I said that time I will resign but not now.
She was forcing me to resign now. She said I cannot extend more, I have given you enough time. if you won’t resign, I will take some other step.
For rating, she says you could have dropped a mail after discussion with your manager. Since its almost a month i cannot to anything. No one can change the rating after entering in the system. So I have not dropped any mail.
Also grievance addresal this year is not there. Only option is to fight legally. ..
3. If they had rights to terminate they won’t even bother to ask us to resign
Guys who have not resigned yet, don’t resign. HR they can’t do anything. Just they are forcing and making us to resign.
Be strong, we are not slaves. They cannot buy us for 4 month compensation.
Tell them I won’t resign, do whatever you want.
Anyways they don’t have rights to terminate. If they had rights to terminate they won’t even bother to ask us to resign. Just we will get the termination mail which they cannot do. So please be strong and say u won’t resign. It won’t affect your career nothing.
I know One MS visa person is not sent to onsite. His onsite opportunity is denied. Even we were told to release all MS associates from project even though we wanted them to be retained. Came from top management to manager levels
People are very worried as they have small kids, few have just joined school etc.
But one thing l saw that managers r also not liking these actions. …all r coming from topmost levels. [To see from where the pressure really comes from read this]
Managers were forced to give ms… numbers were fixed and then associates were fitted in. First it was 5% then when the appraisal cycle was abt to over it was increased to 7%. Many people r frustrated by seeing or hearing these. Just started. ..will go till may end. 15000 is not a small number. 7% of 2.5 lakhs.
Today one of my team member who is in bench was made to resign. She is in Chennai.
I today spoke to labour comm officer. He told to file a petition.
The fight will go on.. More and more will join in.. It will be taken to the legal courts and the court of public opinion. Finally the Davids’ will win!