Elavarasan Raja, eight years of software experience from Cognizant received a termination letter on Tuesday evening. But, at a time when IT layoffs are nothing new, why this termination has garnered considerable attention?
Raja holds the position of General Secretary FITE (The Forum for Information Technology Employees), a registered union in Tamil Nadu & Maharashtra. In the western state, FITE is a part of a tripartite committee including government and IT companies that discuss and solve worker issues.
IT worker rights unions have claimed that Cognizant fired Elavarasan Raja for his involvement in union-related activities against the company. On the other hand, Cognizant denies that claim and says the forced exit was purely based on performance.