The Maharashtra government’s labor ministry has taken action against Indian IT giant Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) following numerous complaints regarding the “forced transfer” of hundreds of employees without sufficient notice. The complaints were lodged by the IT employees union Nascent Information Technology Employees Senate (NITES), which alleged that TCS had abruptly transferred approximately 2000 employees to different cities.
According to NITES, TCS carried out these transfers without providing adequate time for relocation or consultation, resulting in significant hardships for the affected employees. NITES President Harpreet Singh Saluja stated in a letter to the labor department that TCS used threats of disciplinary action to coerce compliance with the transfers, leading to 300 complaints from TCS employees. In response, TCS reportedly stopped the salaries of 900 employees who resisted the forced transfers, citing non-compliance with company policies.
NITES strongly condemned TCS’s actions, labeling the salary stoppage as unethical. Some affected employees received only ₹6,000 for December, while others had their salaries entirely suspended, with TCS allegedly blocking access to official attendance and time sheet portals.
The Maharashtra labor department has summoned TCS to present its position on the matter in a joint meeting scheduled for January 18. This development underscores the tensions between TCS and its employees, raising questions about the company’s handling of workforce transitions and the impact on employee well-being.