IT Sector
The Forum for IT Employees (FITE), which represents IT workers, had alleged that Cognizant was forcing employees to resign.
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A week after a techie group in Tamil Nadu accused Cognizant Technology Solutions (CTS) of "illegally terminating" employees, officials of the IT major met the group's members at the Chennai Labour Commissioner's office.

The Forum for IT Employees (FITE), which represents IT workers, had alleged that Cognizant was forcing employees to resign.

"As expected, the CTS management said there were no layoffs happening. But the affected employees had come with proof. The company said that if there has been any fault at their end, they will reconsider the terminations," Vinod AJ, General Secretary of FITE, said.

The next meeting has been fixed for May 22.

"Forcing someone to resign is illegal. If employees aren't performing well, they should be given a chance to improve. Also the layoffs aren't just happening in one place, but across the country," he added.

Read: Cognizant 'illegally terminating' employees alleges techie group, prepares for legal battle

The last few months have been a turbulent period for the Indian IT sector with several IT firms reportedly planning large-scale layoffs.

Read: Tough times for Indian IT: 5 things you should know about ongoing mass layoffs

An executive firm pegged the number of IT professionals who stand to lose their jobs, at a staggering two lakh every year for the next three years.

"Contrary to media reports of 56,000 IT professionals to lose jobs this year, the actual job cuts will be between 1.75 lakh and 2 lakh per year in next three years, due to under-preparedness in adapting to newer technologies," K Lakshmikanth, Founder-Chairman and MD of Head Hunters India, told PTI.

The firm had analysed a McKinsey & Company report from earlier this year which stated that as many as half the jobs in the IT sector in India will become "irrelevant" over the coming three to four years.