Tata Technologies has put a portion of its employees on the bench in wake of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The company said that fewer than 400 employees had been put on the bench, on paid leave, followed by unpaid leave. “In response to the changed business environment, we are focused on making Tata Technologies a nimble, responsive and flexible organization. Consequently, we have undertaken several actions including optimization of our bench resources,” said a Tata Technologies spokesperson.

The employees continue to be on the rolls of the company and the families will be covered under the company health insurance policy till the end of the year. The National Information Technology Employees Senate (NITES) has filed a complaint on behalf of the employees with the Labour Commissioner in Pune, requesting it to take appropriate legal action against the company.

Harpreet Saluja, general secretary, NITES said that the employees had been asked to respond to an email informing of this situation by 22nd July. It requested that the company follow what Tata Group chairman emeritus Ratan Tata had said about retrenchment of employees in these unprecedented times not being a solution.

“In case they opt to not take the option, statutory redundancy process would be applicable. An overwhelming majority of such employees have opted to go on paid/ unpaid leave option as it allows them to be on the rolls and also covered under group Mediclaim which is important under current circumstances. We intend to bring them back on full time roles if demand comes back, as anticipated,” said the spokesperson.

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