Mass layoffs: IT employees step out to join trade union

Published: July 27, 2017 - 15:22

Hardnews Bureau Delhi

With the spectre of illegal mass layoffs plaguing the IT industry in India, several employees of India’s leading tech companies such as Infosys, TCS, CTS, Wipro and others have taken charge as office bearers and executive committee of the National Democratic Labour Front’s (NDLF) IT employees wing union. This is an important milestone in the efforts to organise the 4-million-strong IT/ITES workforce in India which has so long shied away from organising themselves into a union, especially at a time when several reports of employees being sacked illegally or forced to resign have surfaced in the media.

A press statement released by NDLF on July 24 said that the decision was taken at a meeting of the IT employees union wing in Chennai and added that similar efforts to organise and register a union were underway in other major IT hubs like Bangalore, Hyderabad, Coimbatore, Pune, Kolkata and the National Capital Region (NCR).

The IT wing of the union was founded in January 2015 to address grievances of people employed in the IT sector which had so far managed to quell any effort by workers to organise themselves into a union. There was also a perception that labour laws did not apply to the industry until the Tamil Nadu government intervened to say that IT employees were free to form unions and file grievances with the labour department.

The move comes after Wipro shut its Lucknow and Mysore unit and first-person accounts of people being fired illegally surfaced on the internet.