Pune: Due to the rising number of cases of illegal layoffs and forced resignations of employees without any valid reason, Forum for IT/ITES Employees (FITE), Pune, will submit a memorandum (a list of demands) to the Chief Minister’s Office. Maharashtra would be the second state to receive grievances by the FITE employees after Karnataka.
‘The white collar job does not treat employees as humans. Firstly, to meet deadlines, they work for 12-13 hours a day and are terminated without any valid reasons, proper procedures and compensation,” said Elevarasan Raja, General Secretary of FITE.
He further said, “We demand job protection guaranteed by law and creation of an state-level or national-level IT committee to analyse the situation in the industry and look out for any company policies, which exploit the employee’s welfare.”
Raja added, “When projects are ramping down, layoffs become vital. The arbitrary ‘poor performance’ appraisal rating becomes a convenient excuse and employees are told to leave the company. We have also kept a demand that all laid-off employees should receive four months cross pay for each year they have worked in the industry and they should be given priority while projects are expanding.”
“Moreover, the exemption from Industrial Employment (Standing orders) Act 1946 in some sections should be revoked. Also, a tribunal for IT industry should be created and practices should be monitored like other industries”, he said, adding, “We request the government (State & Union) immediately to intervene and revisit all the benefits, which were given to the big IT companies. Now, these companies are engaging in mass terminations and the hiring trend in the industry has also gone down.”
Pavanjit Mane, General Secretary of FITE, said, “The illegal terminations are growing numerously and each and every day, we get two to three cases of layoffs from big companies. The entire family of the person gets affected due to it.”