Wipro’s White Lie : Never Asked Anyone to Resign!

NDLF IT Employees Wing  had raised an Industrial Dispute last July at Labour Department (Kuralagam) Chennai on behalf of some Wipro employees who were victims of unfair labour practices by the management. They were given unfair low rating, denied project, kept in bench and were being forced to resign. Since then the reconciliation proceedings are going on every two weeks or so.

In a letter submitted to labour department Wipro management claims that “the company at no stage or time has ever indulged in calling upon any of its employees to resign from services”. We call upon the thousands of employees who were forced to resign and others who were facing such threats to respond and share their experiences.

During several rounds of meetings, our union has submitted the employees’ grievances in writing and gave proofs. Wipro management responded denying all our complaints and claimed that the company “at no stage or time has ever indulged in calling upon any of its employees to resign from services” (We call upon the thousands of employees who were forced to resign and others who were facing such threats to respond and share their experiences).

(This letter was given by Wipro in September 2017. We are publishing this information now to create awareness among IT/ITES employees that None of the corporates admit that they ask any one to resign. They always claim that employees leave on their own.

Anyone in any IT/ITES company facing HR threat for forced resignation, DO NOT RESIGN, IT IS NOT COMPANY’S OFFICIAL POLICY to ask employee to resign.

As the appraisal cycle is starting in many companies, please share this widely to save jobs of people being threatened to put papers by HR. Such action is illegal and against stated company policy.)

The company also said that keeping an employee in bench is a regular procedure. We gave proper replies to the administrative and legal points raised by Wipro management.

The most recent sitting was scheduled on 28th February and it lasted for more than 1 hour.

Management side started by saying they had forced no one to resign. In response to this, union office bearers refuted this contention and Wipro employees started to recount their own experiences. Management objected and said “all should not talk” and “employees should not attend the proceedings”. Union office bearers retorted to them saying office bearers only are replying and whenever required victim employees are intervening to tell the actual happenings. It is the conciliation officer who decides as to who to attend and who to speak in the reconciliation meetings.

Management side claimed this dispute reconciliation no longer has any relevance as some employees are given project and others will also be allocated in due course.

We replied, “You have been telling this for the last 8 months. But, you are not forthcoming to say when exactly project will be given. In addition, you have sent an email to one of the employees party to industrial dispute stating that as you are involved in 2k case, your project allocation is on hold” and showed them a copy of that email. They fumbled and claimed that we had misinterpreted the message. But when it was shown to them that it is indeed an unambiguous mail they replied they will reply to it after getting clarification.

We insisted on 3 important demands:

  1. Give Quarterly Performance Linked Compensation (QPLC) to those who were forced to sit in bench and there by denied this compensation.
  2. Allocate projects immediately to all aggrieved employees in this dispute.
  3. Abolish appraisal system which is used as a tool to cut salary and to extract forced resignations illegally.

We pointed out that we have submitted complaints and evidence. But the management brush aside the grievances arrogantly instead of giving proper replies.

Conciliation officer told the management that they should submit the procedure used for fixing the salaries as a response to the complaint regarding QPLC raised by the union on behalf of employees. In addition, the officer advised Wipro management to submit all the documents they have submitted so far in Tamil so as to avoid difference of interpretation as happened even that day with respect to the HR email.
The management representatives, after consulting someone over phone, refused to comply. They also refused to even sign the meeting minutes.

The Wipro management, from the very beginning of the case, has been flatly denying the grievances of the employees, brushing aside our proofs and disrespecting the legal procedures.

Fighting the case relentlessly and re-establishing the rights of employees is important not only to Wipro employees but also all IT/ITES employees.

– Compiled by : Sugendiran
Translated by : Nesan

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    • Pandi on March 1, 2018 at 7:52 pm
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    Government is not supporting to employees… Indirectly gvt acting favor to corporate… If employees unite and react when companies are malpracticed then its good move definitely can win

    • Ganapathi on March 2, 2018 at 1:44 am
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    All Wipro employees who were forced to resign should definitely react to this abrupt lie. Come on tear down the mask of Wipro.

    • Bengaluru Employee on March 2, 2018 at 12:53 pm
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    8th January 2018, I received termination letter from Wipro,Bangalore.I worked 7 years in Wipro, Kochi and Bangalore locations.
    They made allegation against me stating that I was on unauthorized leave from July2017.
    I asked them to give a written explanation for threatening me to resign on May-June’2017.They failed to give any written statement and continued harasment by spoiling my career in the organization, so that I will putdown the paper by myself.They were not allowed me to work,harrased me by blocking my profile,kept me in freepool with no QPLC pay, gave poor performance rating and no salary hike. HR threaten me multiple times during may-june’2017 time frame.
    Due to mental depression and continuous harasment I have not gone to office from July’2017.
    During their enquiry I asked them to give explanation on what basis 2HRs and 2 managers (names are not mentioning now) threaten me to resign.
    Compliance team simply avoided my concern , made report for their favour and terminated me from service.

    • Chennai Employee 1 on March 3, 2018 at 1:12 am
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    During the last appraisal (2016-17), I have been given MCE rating. When enquired about this to my supervisor, he said that he is not aware of this and also said he doesn’t know who has given it to me.

    Later on, I got a meeting invite from HR including my supervisor & offshore DM and have been threatened to go out of the company based on the performance rating. I raised concerns to HR about rating given to me at the same meeting itself saying I need to raise grievances. but they were not listening to me. Instead, they responded it is a decision from the top management I have no other option, also told raising a grievance is of no use like that.

    Further, a 2K petition has been filed in Chennai on allegations as stated in this article from employees. But the management representative’s claiming all the allegations are false and baseless. I wonder why the management representatives are saying so now(It’s like hiding full pumpkin in a meal ). Actually what they are replying is only baseless false. So many of their employee’s careers are badly affected by unfair appraisal and unethical practice.

    Appraisal system is not used in a fair way to evaluate the employee. Instead, it is used a tool threaten the employee.

    Time for IT/ITES employees to think and join the Union to know your rights and fight for it legally when it is denied.

    • NDLF legal support team on March 3, 2018 at 10:46 am
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    Wipro is not telling white lies. White lies is harmless and told for good thing. Wipro is telling blatent lies. Blatent lies are intentional, to hide some thing this lies is told. Change this title accordingly

    • Hyderabad Employee 1 on March 9, 2018 at 2:31 pm
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    I am one of those resources from HDC who was tagged as MCE in the 2016-17 annual appraisal and is discriminated, denied assignment and forcefully kept on Bench since Jun 2017.
    Myself and few others have been losing major portion of the QPLC since then. Not sure why 20% of QPLC share is categorised as ‘Manager Evaluation’ component which is Zero even after being on Bench & never 20% at any point of time.

    Management denied the allegation of harassment for forceful resignation here in Hyderabad as well but we did not contend it because the petition files were closed in a hurry by the Joint Labour Commissioner but with the following minutes..
    1. Management should stop harassment on forceful resignation
    2. Management should provide suitable Assignment at the earliest.

    Current status of all the HDC employees, who were forced to resign..
    Still waiting for Assignment:
    1. Myself – C2 resource, lost 3 suitable opportunities, mail sent to HR for change in rating & removal of lock but no response received since three months.
    2. One C2 – Reserved for an Assignment, Discussion took place but waiting for higher management approval for allocation.
    3. One B2 (6+ yrs) female resource – Tagged as MCE and forced to Resign after returning from Maternity – Revoked forceful resignation during the Notice Period)
    4. One more C2 – Tagged as MCE and later told to undergo PIP – Successfully completed PIP, profile is unlocked but still searching for suitable assignment.

    Got Assignment
    1. Two C1s – After completion of PIP & one of them was sent to US on B1 visa.
    2. Three B3s – without PIP.
    3. One B3 – after completion of PIP.
    4. One C2 – Rating also changed and without PIP.

    • Chennai Employee on March 9, 2018 at 10:57 pm
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    Is wipro Azim premji a leader in reality to make his veteran employees to run behind labour office and courts for justice?

    why Azim premji silent ?

    “Workforce realignment is common to any industry and is a part of the regular exercise of yearly performance appraisal processes which only impacts 0.5-3% of the overall IT talent pool,” said Nasscom. The range works out to be between 20,000 to 1,20,000 people.

    • Rahul on April 24, 2018 at 8:40 pm
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    Wipro gave me poor rating and kept me on bench even though I cleared project interview and selected ..
    The HR and manager threatened me to resign and when I was not willing to do the same they did from backend..
    We must go to court lets unite and fight..

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