Govt Issues Notice Against Wipro For Benching 300 Employees The letter by NITES states that Wipro BPO located in Pune (Phase 2 Hinjewadi) has benched its employees starting 23 April 2020 and that the jobs of 300 employees have been put at risk.
Further, the letter points out that this is a clear violation of Maharashtra state Government's and Central Government's directions, rules and regulations.
These employees include those working in the travel and hospitality vertical of Wipro.
The letter states, "On behalf of NITES, Maharashtra we would like to bring to your notice that we have received complaints from employees of Wipro BPO Pune Phase 2 Hinjewadi regarding putting employees on bench to maintain profitability of business under COVID-19 pandemic."
In the letter, NITES demands that the labour commissioner office take strict action against Wipro BPO in Pune stating reasons that the firm has failed to follow the basic policies of Human Rights and violated Maharashtra state government's rule and regulation.
Another employee has also seconded this development and said that employees have been benched by the organization by late April. He revealed that when the employees are put on bench, they are given a specified time limit to find projects. However, it is unclear whether they would be laid off in case they arent able to find any.
In a startling development, it has been revealed that leading IT company Wipro has benched around 300 employees during this lockdown phase, and as a result, their salaries have been slashed.
Maharashtra based IT union National Information Technology Employees Senate (NITES) has complained about this to the Pune Labour commissioner about this. And based on this complaint, office of the Labor Commissioner has issued a notice to Wipro.
On the other hand, Wipro's CFO, Jatin Dalal, has revealed that the company's condition is worse than it was during the 2008 global financial crisis due to its unpredictability.
Saurabh Govil, Chief Human Resources Officer, Wipro said, "We will look at if people can go on furloughs and leaves. If sub-contractor costs can come down and if we can deploy people there. We will have to cut costs wherever possible. These are tough times and we may have to take tough decisions."
The company has also halted revenue guidance due to the lack of clarity and deferred promotions and stopped wage hikes as well.
However, the company has penned a statement that says, "The speculation related to the workforce is unfounded and has no basis. Wipro categorically denies these malicious rumors. Wipro reiterates that there are no retrenchment plans. Also, we request you not to misrepresent or misinterpret intra-company surveys that are undertaken from time to time on various topics. The company has well defined policies and people practices in place to take care of its employees.