Hyderabad High Court asks Tech Mahindra to explain why it fired four employees. The petitioners said they had approached the labour commissioner after getting sacked, but he did not take their case seriously. They also claimed they were finding it hard to make ends meet.
The Hyderabad High Court has served notices to Tech Mahindra and the Telangana government after four of the company’s former employees claimed it had fired them illegally. The court asked Tech Mahindra to explain why it should not direct it to re-hire the employees, who were let go as part of a cost-cutting drive.
The judge asked the principal secretary of Telangana’s Labour and Employment Department to explain why it did not verify if the action was legal or not. Tech Mahindra and the state government have three weeks to respond to the notices.
On Friday, the senior leadership of the Mahindra Group had publicly apologised for the manner in which an employee at Tech Mahindra was asked to resign by a human resource executive after a recording of the interaction went gone viral on social media. “I want to add my personal apology,” the company’s chairperson, Anand Mahindra, said on Twitter. “Our core value is to preserve the dignity of the individual and we will ensure this does not happen in future.”
The apology by Anand Mahindra talks about the dignity of the individual, which, however was not bothered about throughout the employment tenure. May be the staff who are still onboard should vouch for this!
Secondly, the apology tells that such things will not happen in future, even as it denies to talk about the employees who are currently affected. Mr. Anand Mahindra must have thought that automation is going to be the ‘future’ and so machines cannot be laid off !
The indifferent behavior of the labour commissioner can be checked only through a union of IT employees. Then, they are liable to consider the case and answer responsibly.
In the meantime, the Telangana Govt and the Corporate will ‘work’ together in the time given by the judiciary and arrive at a ‘consensus’! The employees would be stranded as now !
Its time to unify, unite & unionise to free ourselves from the corporate clutches and smash their greed.