CHENNAI: New Democratic Labour Front, the trade union, announced the institution of an IT employee’s wing at a meeting held in Siruseri with the formation of an organising committee, making it the first foray into the IT sector by a registered trade union in Chennai.
“We have three basic but essential demands. Stop retrenchment, allow the formation of trade unions and respect labour laws,” said State Treasure and IT Wing Coordinator P Vijayakumar.
He added that around 100 persons, out of the 200 or so who attended the meeting, have expressed their wish to join the unit even though official enrolment has not opened.
However, no one who was fired in the last few months attended the meeting although several lawyers, including senior counsel Balan Haridas, labour lawyers and members of the Human Rights Protection Commission, K Indra and Jimraj Milton were at the meeting.
“We are interested. But we don’t know how effective or good this might work out,” said one employee who declined to reveal his name and employer. “But a body to represent our rights is quite necessary,” he added. Another IT employee, Abdul Kabir, addressed the gathering from the stage. “The situation in the sector definitely needs a union. Employers have been steadfastly blocking any move by employees to do so,” he said.
NDLF’s move comes a few weeks after the Forum of IT Employees (FITE) was formed to battle “gross injustice” IT employees face.