Stand against Cognizant Layoff!

It is appraisal time again!

All of us who slogged day and night for the whole year, await the rain of incentives and promotions!

CTS Layoff

main target of this illegal termination process is the middle level employees.

Alas! Following the footsteps of TCS, Syntel, IBM and others it is Cognizant’s turn to see 6,000+ of its workforce off.

Yes, Cognizant Technology Solutions (CTS) has started forcing their employees to resign. This process of forced resignations has been the story in all Cognizant campuses for the past three weeks. The main target of this illegal termination process is the middle level employees. With information available from employees working in CTS, Cognizant might extend this plan to terminate upto 20,000 employees illegally.

This illegal plan is executed for allegedly removing ‘Underperformers’. This is totally against the reality. Performance is measured through the non transparent and unscientific appraisal system.

We are made to believe that if we have a good reporting manager, we are sure to hit a six! In reality the ratings are pre-decided based on the profitability targets of the management and the number of people they chose to send home.
Do the goal-setting and ratings happen as per the prescribed / laid-down process? Is it done in consultation with the concerned employee? No.

Layoff impact

Layoff/job-loss/termination does not affect just individuals, it means demolishing the livelihood of 1,000s of families.

In fact, the appraisal process has become an annual ritual to torment the employees with fear of paycuts and joblosses.

Layoff/job-loss/termination does not affect just individuals, it means demolishing the livelihood of 1,000s of families.

Why should we submit to this forced resignation and illegal termination plan of the management?

In spite of showing good growth in revenues in the last quarter and continuing to recruit fresh graduates, CTS management targets mid-level employees to cut costs! This invariably means further increase in work load of the remaining employees! Everything is done with the aim of increasing profitability of the company and enrich the billionaire shareholders.

How to confront this corporate attack on employees?


IT companies combine together as NASSCOM/FICCI/ASSOCHAM, but want us to remain isolated

In the name of job creation, state and central governments offer red carpet welcome to these multinational and Indian corporates and give away subsidies in the form of land, water, electricity and tax exemptions. But they are not coming to the rescue of employees.

IT companies combine together as NASSCOM/FICCI/ASSOCHAM, but want us to remain isolated. They are always together when it comes to crushing our rights. It is time, we also raise our voice collectively for our rights.

Fight for the rights!

What is for them today, we would face tomorrow!

This current situation is comparable to the layoffs that happened in Tata Consultancy Services in 2014. TCS then planned to layoff more than 25,000 employees and it was stopped by the collective fight of IT employees in various cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Trivandrum, Pune, Mumbai and Hyderabad.

Friends, it is time we unite and raise our voices against the illegal termination of our colleagues! What is for them today, we would face tomorrow! We need to win our rights with our own hands!

We put forth the following demands

  1. Stop the forced resignations and illegal retrenchment of CTS employees with immediate effect.
  2. Reinstate all affected employees.
  3. Create opportunities to re-skill the employees as per the current trends.

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    • Abhradip on April 2, 2017 at 11:31 pm
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    In support of campaign against these illegal layoffs.
    These should be stopped with immediate action.


    • Arun on April 10, 2017 at 10:31 pm
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    We all need to unite against this illegal layoff by CTS. They have started people to resign…

      • Prakash on April 13, 2017 at 1:55 pm
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      CTS folks who are impacted, Let’s stand united and fight against this illegal layoffs. Join my WhatsApp group (link to group removed by editor -please send an email to or call/message 9003198576 to join)

    • sudheer on April 29, 2017 at 12:13 pm
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    Recent days in Tech Mahindra Ltd. also happening many lay offs silently. As per information Apr’17 target was 9000. And this layoffs not followed any certain criteria.
    Please let me know where we can raise complaint on this. And how we can help IT associates.
    Now a days IT companies are not thinking about associates family and their next day life, due to this many families are struggling mentally and financially. And also no proper communication and time line in this layoff process.
    As per my information, Tech Mahindra Ltd is giving only 1 day to move out from organisation without any valid reason and this ridiculous.

    1. Get all affected employees and other concerned colleagues together for a meeting. NDLF representatives and lawyers will come to the meeting and guide you.

    • somesh on May 8, 2017 at 12:34 am
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    Job loss happens in USA more frequently, but unlike in Indian IN US it is simple and routine matter. ther person can easilyt find new job or even taken odd job or even junior position somewhere to prevent loss of income, but this is not possible in India.
    In Indian IT firms many a time a senior employee is promoted as manager and fired (to reduce business risk from comapetetion) and once PM label comes in resume he finds no takers in job market. He is not allowe to do tech work by the IT recruitent mafia.
    In India there is lot stigma attached to any person losing job (even if it is not his fault), and he finds it next to impossible to find new job as companies dont prefere to hire anyone who is not working, any body especially males who lose jobs are exploited in their new jobs after background check releal that the preson was fired.
    all major tier 1 indian IT companies dont hire candidated with gaps in careers and also if ther person seeking job is not working in any compnay at the time of applying
    Most of the time false record and evidence is created to show person as non performer to ward off any legal consequnces before a person is laid off even if it i due to business downturn.
    The oversupply of freshers in India has led to this kind of unethical practices whch leave the employee (who are espcially the real good ones) devastated abd feeling cheated by denying credit for their work.
    corrupt middle management, HR and recruitement departments are the root cause of this situation.

    In US it is easy hore and easy fire . In india, tough to get hired and but u can be easily firedis easy.

    • somesh on May 8, 2017 at 12:43 am
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    layoff in Tech mahindra are one the dirtiest , False records are created that the person is not getting selected against any requirement.
    The internal software(which supprresses mail trigger to the employee) is used to propose the person profile to fake opportunities(that are overloaded with extraordinary and unusual combination of skill which no one on earth can match) and rejected, adn then a series of rejections are generated (employee on bench as has no clue of waht is happening behind his back) and one fine morning his credentials are locked and HR summons him and questions his competenece and humilates and threatens the person with termination letter mentioning incompetene and non performance as reason for termination and is given option to resign ,
    this process was developed by techm HR and legal department in 2009 in consulation with some leading lawers in mumbai using loopholes in labour law. From techm the HR staff has taken this dirty practices to various other companies.
    Latest is capgemini some sr HR/MG staff have joined capgemini and implementing this practice.
    The more people the HR fires without notice the more bonus and promotion he/she gets.

      • ss on May 8, 2017 at 8:20 am
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      The same thing is happening again in TechM from last 1 month (from Apr’17) again. We have to unite on this on behalf all our friends.

    • bb on May 8, 2017 at 8:23 am
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    In Tech Mahindra also happening many lay offs silently and started from Apr’17 and these layoffs not followed any certain criteria.

    • Rajan on May 13, 2017 at 12:18 pm
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    How we can stand against these IT giants? Whether we can get the job back ? Even if we get back whether we will have job guarantee? Worried much as I received 4th rating in cts

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