FITE discusses woes of IT employees with minister

ST CORRESPONDENT
Friday, 13 July 2018

As per information shared by FITE Maharashtra President Pavanjit Mane, the forum has raised the issue of the illegal lay-offs of employees in IT sector.

PUNE: Members of Forum for IT Employees (FITE) met Maharashtra Minister for Labour and Skill Development Sambhaji Patil Nilangekar in Nagpur on Thursday to discuss the issues of employees working in Information Technology (IT) sector and raised their demands to establish a State-level committee. 

As per information shared by FITE Maharashtra President Pavanjit Mane, the forum has raised the issue of the illegal lay-offs of employees in IT sector. The letter submitted to the minister stated that automation in the sector is leading to job losses in a haphazard manner and so there is a need for formation of a State-level committee to solve issues in the sector. 

The list of 13 demands submitted by the forum to the minister included that the State government should instruct companies to stop arbitrary lay-offs, forced resignations, instructing companies to focus more on reskilling and training of employees. Similarly, the State government must set up an inquiry about the effect of lay-offs on IT women employees, regulation of working hours in the industry and four months’ salary as compensation to employees. 

The forum has also demanded that a special internal committee should be in place to check on the unlawful lay-offs and government should set up fast track IT tribunal for employees who want to challenge it in the court of law. Also, IT employees going through legal route should not be blacklisted by IT companies and their BGV (Background verification) should not include the legal battle they are fighting in the court in terms of employment. 

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