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Unionisation of IT sector takes baby steps in Pune

The ideological contrast between corporate and the concept of a union was diluted by the presence of Dilip Pawar, union leader from Bajaj Auto in Chakan and Santosh Khandse, union leader from Sandvik Asia.

pune Updated: Jul 11, 2017 18:16 IST
Shalaka Shinde
Former high court judge Kolse Patil speaks to IT employees who have been laid off, in Pune.
Former high court judge Kolse Patil speaks to IT employees who have been laid off, in Pune.(HT PHOTO)

The lay-off from Information Technology (IT) companies in Pune in the recent months has brought the possibility of a workers’ union in the IT sector closer to reality. 

“Unionisation is necessary for justice. A fight can only be fought by a union,” said former high court judge, Justice Kolse Patil at a meeting arranged by Forum for IT Employee (FITE) to push for a union in the industry that has failed to unionise and fallen pray to lay-offs time after time.

The ideological contrast between corporate and the concept of a union was diluted by the presence of Dilip Pawar, union leader from Bajaj Auto in Chakan and Santosh Khandse, union leader from Sandvik Asia. The support from existing union leaders and the representatives of the judiciary for the IT employees was resounding.

“I know most of you are engineers and managers, but let me call for a workers’ union and put you in the habit of  being called a worker because that is what you all are,” said Khandse.

The inspiration of the equally resounding response from the audience members lay in the lay-offs where most of the people were called by their company’s human resource executives and asked to resign, lest they face the effects of being sacked.

Pointing out that the meetings were held with employees in person, one by one, and no record of it was maintained, Advocate Santosh Mhaske claimed that the IT employees should not have fallen prey to the pressure exerted by the managerial executives; because, he added, that one cannot be simply asked to leave without a proper inquiry.

“Our power is in our numbers. Unionisation in the corporate world has always met with staunch opposition. But you all should come together, file your complaints, and the companies will think multiple times before laying people off in such a manner,” said Dilip Pawar of the workers’ union at Bajaj Auto plant in Chakan.

Emphasising on the effect of a strong union, Advocate Jagdale claimed that the farmers, who may not have been as educated as the IT employees attending the meeting, also came together as an organisation and brought the state to a standstill by spilling milk and vegetables on the streets in recent weeks.