Coronavirus Maharashtra: IT employees union writes to CM Uddhav Thackeray over lay-offs

ST Staff
Thursday, 28 May 2020

Pune-based union working for the rights of employees of IT companies has written a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, looking for interference to save jobs of employees who have been laid-off amid the novel coronavirus.

Pune-based union working for the rights of employees of IT companies has written a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, looking for interference to save jobs of employees who have been laid-off amid the novel coronavirus.

The unprecedented pandemic of COVID-19 demanded strict lockdown. India was already worried about such circumstances as the economy had a graph inclining towards recession, and the unemployment rate was at its peak. 

Meanwhile, IT companies made ‘work-from-home’ options available for their employees. Still, many employees from the field were facing problems amid the outbreak.

Cases regarding forcing employees to take mandatory leaves, sacking them, massive cut in salary, not paying salary, not providing work by showcasing multiple reasons and more reasons have already come in the spotlight. There is a tensed atmosphere among those who are working in the IT sector as the government has taken no decision regarding this matter.

Many employees have taken up a step and approached the National Information Technology Employees Senate. This association works for IT employees. The association has complained to the Collector as well as the Labor Commissioner. 

The General Secretary of National Information Technology Employees Senate, Harpreet Saluja, said that IT employees must get justice as soon as possible. He also added that if in near future employees in IT did not get justice then they will submit a petition in Mumbai High Court.

Earlier, the number of complaints was low, but from the past one and half months, there has been a gradual increase which has been noticed and now is a matter of concern. Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray and Labour Minister, Dilip Walse-Patil must solve the matter by intervening, demanded Harpreet Saluja.

CHALLENGES IN IT SECTOR AMIDST PANDEMIC

The IT sector is one such sector which consists of small and medium businesses to a great extent. Pandemic has affected these businesses very severely as the market stagnates due to lockdown. More than 1 lakh employees in India’s IT industry may lose their job. Not only small businesses but mega players of the sectors are also being or will be affected.

ARE ONLY IT EMPLOYEES FACING PROBLEMS?

The crisis has not only IT sector, but other segments too are facing severe problems. There are a total of 20,400 complaints registered by BPO (Business Processing Outsourcing) sector employees and around 13,800 complaints by KPO (Knowledge Processing Outsourcing) sector employees. 

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