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Proposal for Labour laws in IT sector

I think its time to think abt the proposal of CPI( M ) to implement the Labour laws in the IT sector. Its true that IT sector has created a lot of job opportunities in our country, and certainly it has created a large number of upper middle class in the society, does it mean that we should treat them distictly from other professionals which have the rights to make unions.

Its obvious that when ever we talk about the Trade Union, the word 'strike' comes into our mind by default. Cant we think beyond strikes?Wheather the current labour laws are suitable to this stream of class which is not really 'labour'.

There can be an apprehension among us that implementation of Labour laws in this sector may result negatively in the foriegn investments on this industry.Since now a days customers are not just bothered abt the product/service they are delivered with also how the company runs in offshore even to an extent which coffee powder they use! Dont we have other industries which is already under this law and there are more and more investment friendly.

Friends, let's initiate the talk now. Gear up!!!

Submitted by hari on Mon, 2005-11-07 19:49.

പഴയ ജന്മിത്തത്തിന്റെ, കൊളോണിയലിസത്തിന്റെ മറവില്‍ നടന്നിരുന്ന ചൂഷണത്തിന്റെ മറ്റൊരു രൂപം തന്നെയാണിപ്പോള്‍ നടക്കുന്നത്. ഒരു ന്യൂനപക്ഷത്തിന്‍ കുറച്ച കാശുണ്ടാക്കാന്‍ കഴിയുന്നതിനാല്‍ ആരും ഒന്നും മിണ്ടുന്നില്ല. എന്നാല്‍ ഗതികേട് കൊണ്ട് 24 മണിക്കൂറും കമ്പനികളില്‍ കഴിച്ചു കൂട്ടാന്‍ നിര്‍ബന്ധിതരാകുന്ന എത്രയോ പേരുണ്ട്? അതു പോലെ തന്നെ പിരിച്ചു വിടലുകള്‍ താമസിയാതെ ഈ രംഗത്ത് വരും. ഇന്റല്‍ ബാംഗ്ലൂരില്‍ 200 പേരെ പറഞ്ഞ് വിട്ടത് അടുത്തു നടന്ന ഒരു സംഭവം മാത്രം. അത്തരം സന്ദര്‍ഭങ്ങളില്‍ തൊഴിലാളിക്ക് എന്ത് ആനുകൂല്യങ്ങള്‍ ഇവിടെ ലഭിക്കുമെന്നത് ഒരിടത്തും എഴുതി വച്ചിട്ടുണ്ടെന്ന് തോന്നുന്നില്ല. ഒരു പക്ഷേ യൂണിയന്‍ വന്നാല്‍ ചില മാറ്റങ്ങളുണ്ടായേക്കാം. കേരളത്തിലെ അട്ടിമറി പോലെ ആകാതിരുന്നാല്‍ മതിയായിരുന്നു.

Submitted by Sunil on Sun, 2005-11-13 00:21.

കമ്പനികളുടെ അതിശക്തമായ എതിർപ്പ്‌ ഈ മേഖലയിലെ ജീവനക്കാരുടെ വെള്ളക്കോളർ ചിന്താ ഗതി തുടങിയ കാരണങളാൽ വലിയ വിജയം ഉണ്ടാകുമെന്ന്‌ തോന്നുന്നില്ല. പത്തുപേർക്ക്‌ നൂറു യൂണിയനുകൾ ഉണ്ടായിട്ടും കാര്യമില്ല്യല്ലൊ.

Submitted by aveenkrishnan on Sun, 2005-11-13 12:39.

With a 2 year experiance in this field,i do agree there is some amount of exploitation on employee...

But this is the only industry where ater a speciic period of time...Employee exploits the employer....

With the true competion in place it is really a big fish eats small fish policy in place...and with the salary this professionals drawing here ,i don't think This is a good idea

Submitted by deepak on Thu, 2005-11-24 16:03.

I am afraid that most of us identify trade unions by relating to loading and unloading general workers union in kerala. Trade unions are inevitable part of any industry, IT need not to be an exception. It is going to better the relationship between employee and employer and build the confidence on the counterpart. it's worth noticing that European trade unions constitute a major role in their democratic process and even the companies business process.

I work in this industry for a pretty long period. I have never seen somebody consistently working in offices more than 9-10 hours per day. Moreover, comparing time spent on workplace doesn't reflect the actual amount of work. IT employees normally do their entertainments (listening music, chatting, sometimes gaming etc.) during working hours. Just watch a cafeteria of an IT company. We may wonder whether it's a college canteen.

IT is a very immature industry having a history of 10-12 years. IT employees generally consider themselves as the cream ofsociety as they compare the salaries, while IT actually deserves and requires only average people. A 5 year experienced employee is considered as a 'senior' while the same guy is normally called as a "Payyan" in manufacturing industries. Trade unions (or in a better way, Responsible Employees Organizations) are very much required in such a situation - to transfer knowledge, work culture and experience, to have negotiation power and finally to be concerned about the 'other'. Most of the small and medium IT companies may even support having employees organizations in their companies, which probably help them to win the battle with big guns, who are threatening even democratically elected govt. to protect their vested interests

Deepak

appu wrote:
I think its time to think abt the proposal of CPI( M ) to implement the Labour laws in the IT sector. Its true that IT sector has created a lot of job opportunities in our country, and certainly it has created a large number of upper middle class in the society, does it mean that we should treat them distictly from other professionals which have the rights to make unions.

Its obvious that when ever we talk about the Trade Union, the word 'strike' comes into our mind by default. Cant we think beyond strikes?Wheather the current labour laws are suitable to this stream of class which is not really 'labour'.

There can be an apprehension among us that implementation of Labour laws in this sector may result negatively in the foriegn investments on this industry.Since now a days customers are not just bothered abt the product/service they are delivered with also how the company runs in offshore even to an extent which coffee powder they use! Dont we have other industries which is already under this law and there are more and more investment friendly.

Friends, let's initiate the talk now. Gear up!!!

Submitted by cachitea on Sat, 2005-11-26 18:14.

Oh, Deepak,

U r also in the forum. Good to see u here.

With regards,
benny

Submitted by cachitea on Sun, 2005-11-27 13:57.

I have always observed that Kerala is far far ahead of other states which claim to be IT centers, IT Hubs, Industrial States etc. I have always respected Communism which brought a living condition for down trodden people in Kerala. When you travel from "Down" south Kerala to North Indian, you will see the difference between "Shining cities" and "Starving villages". Indian shines in Gurgaon, Noida, Bangalore, Chennai, Indore, Hyderabad, Pune, Kanpur etc. But villages starve everywhere.

Kerala does not have this divide. We may go on arguing that it is the high standard mentality of Keralites which brought the present condition to Kerala. Even then, we can not close our eyes on the part which communism played in the whole process.

As Deepak said, there are trade unions in capital countries and they do act upon the issues which related to the well being of employees. They too do strike. They rarely do it because they face issues rarely. Here in India, employees face issues every now and then because companies see Indian employees as a cheap bought commodity.

This does not mean that I justify all strikes. Here, in India, not only Communist party, but Congress, BJP, BSP, DMK etc also do strikes. Always communist strikes come into limelight because capital investors very well know that other Parties are "neerkkolees" and Communist Party is a "Moorkhan".

Being a congress person, with due respect to development, let me once again stress upon the role of communist parties in the whole process of development, including Information Technology.

Submitted by zeusat on Sun, 2005-11-27 23:56.

Trade Unions need to be brought into the IT Sector without the shadow of doubt. There has to be a body to represent the voices and grievances of the employees too...
Most people have the notion that Trade unions (especially of the Leftist parties) bring out more of doom than represent the employees. And worse people wrongly think communism is a means to an end to all the good things in life.
Every ideaology has its own merits and demerits. But to say communism is only DEMERIT....its wrong.
With that said, IT sector needs trade unions, but one must also remember that these should be used constructively, truly to protect the interests of the employees. At the same time, the standards and functionality of the individual companies have to be respected. Care must be taken that the issues (if any) are not taken advantage of.
Guys we all know, Kerala is always looked up by other states for its healthcare and educational standards. At the same time lot many industries in Kerala had to be shutdown because of the over- demands of trade unions. And that is ONE of the reasons people here in Kerala have to look out for opportunities.

Submitted by rasindia on Mon, 2005-12-05 15:07.

What is the logic of allowing politics in other sectors and not in IT? In the past decades all sectors were against politics..right?