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Platform to resolve labour issues of IT professionals

The platform would have representatives from among the employees, the companies, the industry body National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) and the labour department. 

This is first of its kind initiative by any state in the country after a slew of complaints were filed by employees in the last two years regarding the unethical means adopted by the IT companies to layoff the workplace.  

The state labour minister Sambhaji Patil Nilangekar tweeted on February 12, 2019, following a meeting with industry stakeholders, stating they have decided to form a tri-party committee to address the issues of IT employees and also to help them secure their right.

The meeting was attended by members of the Forum for IT Employees (FITE) and 10 human resource representatives of the IT industry. The industry requested that even Nasscom be allowed to be a part of the committee.

The final structure of the committee, its functions and the terms and conditions are yet to be decided.

This will benefit the employees as they had to deal with a never ending process of the labour office and the labour court. Of the over-a-dozen cases filed at the Pune’s labour court, the final decision is awaited for all of them.

Earlier it was observed that the IT companies adopted delaying tactics and often did not respond to summons by the labour officers.

An IT employee Nitin Munot replied to the minister’s tweet saying that they hope the committee will help them raise the many unethical practices of the IT firms.

An official from the minister’s office said the committee will be operational in a few weeks time and the minister is working to give final touches to the committee.

Pavanjit Mane, the president of FITE, Maharashtra, said, “FITE is a union of employees. However, the state level committee will be the authority/mediator who can question these complaints on the illegal/unfair labour practice".

Source: TOI