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    Cognizant fires unionist for 'performance reasons'

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    Cognizant, in a statement, said: “Cognizant recently terminated this employee of approximately five months tenure with the company for performance reasons and based on client feedback. Our decision is consistent with the terms of our contracts with all of our employees.” Recently, Cognizant had announced that it would cut thousands of jobs.

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    Cognizant had announced that it would cut thousands of jobs and exit a business line as part of trimming cost structures and its growth agenda.
    IT worker rights unions have claimed Cognizant terminated unionist Elavarasan Raja for his open involvement in union-related activities against Cognizant, a stand denied by the software exporter in a statement that said the forced exit was based purely on performance grounds.

    Raja, a software professional of about eight years of experience, told ET that he received the termination letter on Tuesday evening.

    Currently he holds the position of General Secretary FITE, a registered union in Tamil Nadu & Maharashtra. In the western state, FITE is a part of a tripartite committee including Government and IT companies to discuss worker issues and settle disputes.

    Cognizant, in a statement, said: “Cognizant recently terminated this employee of approximately five months tenure with the company for performance reasons and based on client feedback. Our decision is consistent with the terms of our contracts with all of our employees.”

    Recently, Cognizant had announced that it would cut thousands of jobs and exit a business line as part of trimming cost structures and its growth agenda.

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    12 Comments on this Story

    Amma347 days ago
    IT crowd fallen from cloud to earth.
    G A Regoo347 days ago
    Though the tech firms are result oriented employers yet five months of tenure for Raja is not adequate to gauge his performance. Has Raja been given sufficient time to explain his alleged non performance at work place? Raja with his perfect skill set coupled with robust Trade Unionist thinking can well manage his future Plans.
    Ramnath s347 days ago
    What can these unions achieve? Make government to levy penalty to these companies? These companies will pay those one time penalty and move their
    centers to Philippines. Finally we won''t have any jobs to talk about labour rights
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