IT sector lay offs: Maharashtra CM Fadnavis assures probe committee
Members of Forum for IT Employees (FITE) met Devendra Fadnavis, chief minister of Maharashtra along with Sambhaji Patil-Nilangekar, labour minister of Maharashtra.pune Updated: Jul 31, 2017 13:34 IST
Members of Forum for IT Employees (FITE) met Devendra Fadnavis, chief minister of Maharashtra along with Sambhaji Patil-Nilangekar, labour minister of Maharashtra and Shrikanth Bharatiya, Officer on Special Duty (OSD) and were assured of a committee to look into the recent lay offs in the Information Technology sector.
OSD Bharatiya and labour minister Nilangekar have been working with members of FITE on this issue. The forum submitted a list of over 25 cases of employees through various practices including illegal terminations and forced resignations. “The ministers were also made acquaint with mental harassment of the employees who were confined in meeting rooms for long hours without access to computer, their mobile phones and even denied bio calls until they sign resignation papers. The ministers were shocked,” a statement from FITE read.
FITE is also the organisation which is working towards getting a union of IT employees registered. This will be first such union to materialise, if and when it sees the light of the day.
“They are already treating us as a union, recognising our work. We are confident about the response of the government. The government is interested in taking up the issues faced by IT employees in Maharashtra and elsewhere. The meeting itself was set-up two weeks after we approached him,” said Elavarasan Raja, the Mumbai and Pune spokesperson for FITE.
Multiple cases of suicide were recorded from various parts of the country after a huge number of IT employees were laid off by various companies. Gopikrishna Durgaprasad (25) had jumped to his death from a hotel where he was provided with accommodation by the company he had joined two days before taking the drastic step.
The union, which aims to empower IT employees, is taking shape with speed and will be registered in foreseeable future, Raja claims.