Press Release: Trade Union in IT Industry in Kolkata

Kolkata Forum for IT Employees – FITE (A trade union for IT, ITES, BPO and KPO employees)

Date: 22nd June, 2019 │ Place: Kolkata, West Bengal

Kolkata Forum for IT Employees – FITE announces its application for the registration of trade union in IT, ITES, BPO and KPO industries for the first time in West Bengal. Plan to register for a trade union on West Bengal has been triggered and accelerated by the sheer number of incidents of unfair labor practices towards employees where they do not have many options to resist such unfortunate incidents in their personal capacity.

When a recession hits market, IT sector being the largest employment sector, faces the heat and thousands of employees lose their jobs. However, what is striking is that out of the various heads for cost cutting, companies very conveniently choose labor as the primary and mostly the only head to reduce operating cost, expecting minimal to negligible resistance. Apart from forceful resignation or illegal termination there are many more unfair practices going on in this industry such as extended working hours, gender discrepancy, unhealthy work environment, sexual harassments, discrepancies due to maternity, unsafe office transport, one sided bond signing, project release complexities, illness not acknowledged so not approving leave, forceful weekend service, forceful night shifts, travel time, security, etc.

 In the event of successful application of trade union, Santanu Bhattacharya, the president of the union said “Back in 2016-17 without having a formal registration we tried to guide deprived IT employees of different companies in the process of filing dispute at Labor Commission and later in their legal fights. Now our platform is getting formal recognition. This is a great success of each employee of this industry.”

Kolkata Forum for IT Employees – FITE is a platform comprised of IT, ITES, BPO and KPO industry employees. Main focus of this forum is to guide general employees when they are in trouble in their professional life. This forum started their journey back in December, 2014 when a big IT company announced layoff of 25000 of its employees. A significant role was played by this union when another big IT house started firing employees randomly at March 2017 appraisal session.

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