Tech Mahindra Books Chartered Flight For H1B Staff; But Forces Pune Staff To Stay In Guest House!
We are getting mixed vibes from the Tech Mahindra management when it comes to managing their employees amidst Coronavirus pandemic.
While they won over our hearts by booking an entire aircraft for bringing back employees from US to India; they are forcing Pune employees to stay in guest house, and threatening to cut salaries if they don’t shift.
What exactly is happening here?
Tech Mahindra Books Entire Aircraft To Bring Back H1B Employees
Tech Mahindra’s employees in the US, whose H1B visa have expired, were stuck there since last couple of months. Since all international flights have been stopped, there was no way these employees and their families could have returned back to India.
Tech Mahindra stepped in, and booked an entire flight to bring back stranded employees and their families to India.
Around 210 employees and their family members flew from Dallas’ Fort Worth International Airport on July 13th and reached Hyderabad on July 14th via special chartered flight.
Last week, Infosys too booked a chartered flight to bring back 200+ employees stranded in the US.
It’s indeed a kind gesture from Tech Mahindra, and shows that they care for employees.
But is this care only restricted for H1B employees?
Tech Mahindra Forces Pune Employees To Stay In Guest House
As we reported yesterday, around 50 employees from Tech Mahindra’s Hinjewadi campus have been forced to stay in a guest house.
This has been done since there is a lockdown in Pune, and IT firms can only ask 15% of their employees to come to office for work.
In order to circumvent this ‘obstacle’, Tech Mahindra has ordered these 40-50 employees to shift to their guest house, and then work from there.
As per National Information Technology Employees Senate or NITES, these employees have been threatened with salary cuts, if they don’t shift to the guest house and resume their work.
This is clearly a case of discrimination by Tech Mahindra: While they are ready to spend Rs 80 lakh to Rs 1 crore for booking a chartered flight from US to India, but not allowing work from home for Indian employees, and forcing them to stay in a guest house during the pandemic.
We will keep you updated, as more details come in.