Forum for IT Employees

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Full nameForum for Information Technology Employees
Founded29 December 2014
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Office locationChennai, Maharashtra, Karnataka

The Forum for IT Employees (FITE)[1] is an Indian non-partisan IT employees' union; based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, with additional offices in Maharashtra[2] and Karnataka.[3] The Forum was established in 2014 during the Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) lay-offs,[4] and has since worked to support workers in the field, notably Cognizant employees affected by the 2017 lay-offs .


Tamil Nadu[edit]

Based in Chennai, the Tamil Nadu chapter focuses on the welfare and rights of employees of IT companies in the area. Formed in 2014 in response to staffing cuts at Tata Consultancy Services[5] many employees approached FITE for legal support and to secure workers rights. In May 2017, following cuts[6] at major Cognizant locations[7] including Chennai[8] and Bangalore (Bengaluru)[9], FITE representatives filed petitions on behalf of employees to the Chennai Labour Commissioner's office, seeking their intervention to secure employees' rights.[10] In 2017 FITE took this issue to the Department of Labour and Employment (Tamil Nadu), alleging that Cognizant[11] forced employees to resign.


In December 2017, the Maharashtra chapter of FITE, based in Pune, officially became a registered trade union[12] and received registration number PN4845[13] under the Trade Unions Act of 1926.[14]


In June 2017, representatives of the Karnataka chapter of FITE met with the Karnataka Labour Commissioner during the layoffs at the Tech Mahindra and Wipro[15] Bangalore offices. FITE submitted two petitions on behalf of four employees affected by the Tech Mahindra[16] lay-offs.

On 3 August 2018, Karnataka chapter representatives met[17] with researchers from the International Labour Organization (ILO)[18] at Adarsh Hamilton in Bangalore. A team of researchers from the ILO invited FITE to discuss "The Future of Work in Information and Communication Technology (ICT)” as part of their research work.


  1. ^ "F.I.T.E. – Forum for I.T. Employees".
  2. ^ "India's first IT trade union registered in Pune, aims to fight 'illegal layoffs'". 13 January 2018.
  3. ^ "To get their dues, IT employees forced to seek help from Labour Dept".
  4. ^ "2,574 employees asked to leave in Apr-Dec 2014, says TCS". The Economic Times. 13 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Sacked employees of TCS to file a civil suit against the company". 6 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Forum demands severance pay to fired Cognizant staff".
  7. ^ "Cognizant Employees Confession (About Layoff) – F.I.T.E".
  8. ^ "Indian engineers are not giving in to the robots without a good fight".
  9. ^ "Cognizant layoffs: FITE to approach Bengaluru labour commission". 17 May 2017.
  10. ^ "Cognizant 'illegally terminating' employees alleges techie group, prepares for legal battle". 8 May 2017.
  11. ^ "Cognizant 'illegally terminating' employees alleges techie group, prepares for legal battle". 8 May 2017.
  12. ^ "India's first IT trade union registered in Pune, aims to fight 'illegal layoffs'". 13 January 2018.
  13. ^ "Maharashtra's first trade union for IT staff registered in Pune". 14 January 2018.
  14. ^ "India. Trade Unions Act, 1926".
  15. ^ "Bengaluru techies approach state Labour Commissioner over IT layoffs, submit petitions". June 2017.
  16. ^ "11 Tech Mahindra employees move labour court". The Economic Times. 10 August 2017.
  17. ^ "Researchers from International Labour Organization (ILO) Met Forum for IT Employees – FITE Representatives. – F.I.T.E".
  18. ^ "International Labour Organization".

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