Information technology (IT) and consulting company, Capgemini, has asked its employees to not take a single day off till the end of June. Those who do, will have to face a pay cut as per the Company’s directive. Employees who have no project in hand at the moment, on the other hand, have been asked to apply for 15 days’ leave immediately.
The employees were told of this revised leave policy through an e-mail. It has been made clear to them that the eight leaves that they were entitled to for the period March to June stand cancelled, and only about 15 leaves will be carried forward from last year. As per the original leave policy, employees were allowed two leaves every month, which they could use the same month or later by clubbing with leaves entitled for other months. However, now with the amended policy, the employees cannot take any leaves till the end of June. If they do, they risk getting their pay cut.
The plight of those who are not part of any project presently is even worse. They are being forced to apply for 15 days of leave, and some of them don’t even have that many leaves left. This means, they will be forced to take a pay cut. Employees who had been saving leaves last year, hoping they would be carried forward are also feeling cheated.
With Capgemini recently having acquired a French company, the employees are unable to understand why the Company is resorting to pressurise the workforce in this manner, that too when it has been performing well.
Showing support to these employees, the National Information Technology Employees Sena (NITES) has taken up the issue with the chief minister of Maharashtra. However, the Company maintains that this is just a temporary measure taken for the second quarter specifically, and that the leave policy for the rest of the year will remain unchanged.
Later Capgemini issued an official statement clarifying its stand on this.
“During these unprecedented times, Capgemini’s highest priority continues to be to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our employees. Our variable pay for year 2019 was payed-out to all eligible employees last month as normal. We are going ahead with increments and promotions for all junior professionals effective from April 1, 2020. This constitutes more than 70 per cent of our team members in this cycle. For the rest, planned increments and promotions have been deferred by one quarter and will then go ahead. We have tweaked the leave accumulation only up to Q2 end, and only as an interim measure. Our overall leave policy for the rest of the year remains unchanged and employees can continue to accrue leave as per the policy.”