Recently, an Indian multinational corporation, Wipro sacked 452 fresher employees due to poor performance. The union of IT employees Nascent Information Technology Employees Senate (NITES) said that it ‘strongly condemns the unethical layoffs done by Wipro.’
NITES President Harpreet Singh Saluja said, “For a year these employees were struggling to join the company despite clearing interviews, training, assessments, and internships.”
“The company has not paid a single rupee to these employees and fired them illegally. We will be submitting a complaint to the Labour Authorities to conduct an inquiry,” Harpreet Singh Saluja added.
Wipro fired the employees after taking an internal test. However, the company has waived 75,000 training costs spent on the employees.
The company said, “At Wipro, we take pride in holding ourselves to the highest standards. In line with the standards we aim to set for ourselves, we expect every entry-level employee to have a certain level of proficiency in their designated area of work.”
“The evaluation process includes assessments to align employees with the business objectives of the organization and the requirements of our clients”, the company added.
The company further said, “This systematic and comprehensive performance evaluation process triggers a series of actions such as mentoring and retraining and in some cases separation of certain employees from the company.”
The company has delayed the onboarding of freshers it was supposed to be completed by August 2022 but recently in December month, it was noted that Wipro sent a communication to campus recruits that it will be onboarding the fresher candidates in a phased manner.
Wipro in the mail said, “We would like to inform you that we are in the process of planning your onboarding with us as per business requirements.” The company further said that it will honor offers made to all these candidates.
The company’s attrition rate has also continued to ease to 21.2% from 23% in the previous quarter. The firm’s total headcount at the end of the December quarter slipped to 258,744 from 259,179 in the last quarter.
In the third quarter, Wipro added 605 new employees. In the second quarter, the company promoted more than 10,000 colleagues and increased salaries across bands.