In poll bound state of Tamil Nadu, many IT/ITES companies have violated Election Commission’s and Labour Commission’s orders. F.I.T.E has made a complaint about this to the Government. Copy of the complaint is being shared here.
Our organization Forum for IT Employees (F.I.T.E) have been representing IT/ITES employees in various issues from the employees’ side. We are aware of the order circulated by the Tamil Nadu Labour Department insisting a “paid holiday” be granted to employees of various sectors in the state of Tamil Nadu including IT/ITES companies on May 16th. We wish to bring to your notice that various companies in the IT/ITES sector had asked their employees to compensate the holiday they granted on May 16 by making a weekend holiday as working day. We have attached the communication sent by Wipro Technologies to their employees asking them to attend work on this Saturday (21st May).We request your immediate attention and action on this decision by that company and we also request you to take action against other companies who have indulged in executing this compensation of holiday on May16.
Further we wish to bring to your notice about other ways that IT/ITES companies were in violation of Tamil Nadu Governments order. Certain companies like HCL Technologies Pvt Ltd had enforced employees to work in BCP mode (Business Continuity Plan – In order to ensure no loss of business, employees would be asked to work from a different location like Bengaluru, Mumbai etc.). We had also come to know that TCS (Tata Consultancy Services) had made a oral communication to its employees to compensate for May 16 and had already made the employees come to work on May 14. We wish to humbly remind you that NASSCOM approached the Election Commission seeking allowance of “few hours of permission” alone instead of a holiday for employees to cast their vote.
When former president Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam passed away and the Tamil Nadu State Government announced a holiday for commemoration across state, many IT/ITES companies violated the order and had their offices open. This unruly practice of noncompliance to Government’s orders by IT/ITES companies had been a continuous affair. We request you to investigate regarding the noncompliance of companies to the order of Labor Department and Election Commission with respect to May 16 and take strict action against all the defaulters. Such an action would be a precedent and would enforce adherence of all companies to the rule of law.
F.I.T.E Tamil Nadu