The 'involuntary attrition' of IT employees received support from the Forum for IT Employees (FITE), starting a social media protest titled, "We are against TCS LayOffs."
In support, FITE has organised protests at the Infopark Campus in Chennai, led by its office bearer.
The move comes after Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), India's largest software service organisation, served notice to some of its employees over unsatisfactory performance/non-performance clause, as per policy.
Allegations on the retrenchment quotes ballpark figure of almost 25,000 or a tenth of TCS's workforce to be affected. However, a company spokesperson confirmed that the move targets just over 3,000 of its staff members across its global operations.
Employees who choose to plead their case in a court of law would be supported by FITE with required assistance and guidance, said Bharathi Dasan, a member of FITE, in-charge of its Kochi affairs, according to The Hindu.
People are reluctant to go ahead as they fear a backlash, said Dasan.
The FITE wants to focus on its e-petition on social media and intends to approach the Union Labour Ministry, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) and the International Labour Organization, once the e-petition finds adequate traction, he added.
TCS spokesperson insisted that the move was limited to people recruited for specific projects and others who have been found to underperform.
The validation of the company's position comes on the evidence that it is on track to achieve its target of 55,000 new employees, with a significant 35,000 coming from campuses.
Canards on the organisation's moves are believed to have originated with disgruntled former IT employees, who have been asked to leave by various IT players.