#Lockdown: Pune IT Firm Fires 100 Employees, 30% Salary Cut; Violates Govt Order On Job Security
In a clear breach of Govt directives, System plus Technologies, a Pune based IT firm has fired 100 employees. Besides, 30% salary has been deducted for all 250 employees.
This is not only unethical and immoral, but also directly violates Govt order on job security, during the lockdown phase.
National Information Technology Employees Sena, a prominent IT employee union has demanded action against this move by an IT company, during the lockdown phase.
Pune IT Firms Fires 100 Employees
System plus Technologies, an IT firm based out of Magarpattha, Pune has decided to fire 100 employees during the lockdown phase.
Started in 1987, this company serves American clients and offers IT and Cloud Consultancy services.
More than 400 employees are working for this company.
Recently, the HR sent out a mail to employees, stating that an important US based client has terminated their outsourcing contract, and as a result, employees will be fired.
Although they have stated that they will try placing these fired employees in any other projects, but that looks like a distant possibility.
Employees are alleging that this is a forced decision and their salaries are being put on hold.
A 30-year old employee said, “This is a forced decision and no employee’s choice was considered. I have been put on a notice but I don’t know for how long and if I will get salary. It is difficult to sustain in these difficult times and I have no clue as to what is written ahead for us,”
National Information Technology Employees Sena Demands Action
Maharashtra Labour Commissioner, Dr.Mahendra Kalyankar has issued a directive on March 20th, stating that no company shall terminate any employee during the lockdown, and this action by System plus Technologies is a clear violation of this directive.
National Information Technology Employees Sena or NITES is an IT employee union with a prominent presence in Pune and they have demanded action against System plus Technologies for firing employees during the lockdown.
The IT Employee Union is in touch with Govt officials, and they want such practice of firing employees to stop.
Shri Raghunath Kuchik, who is the President of Minimum Wages Advisory Board Maharashtra State (State Minister Rank) and President of National Information Technology Employees Sena (NITES) said, “We are in constant touch with Labour Minister Shri Dilip Walse Patil and have apprised him of the current situation. Indian IT Employees and their families are facing tremendous trauma as the IT and ITES companies are not cooperating with the Government directions. We are in touch with Collector of Pune Shri Naval Kishore Ram to file an FIR against the companies not following Government’s directions under disaster management act.”
Vivek Mestri, Vice President of NITES-Maharashtra added, “National Information Technology Employees Sena-NITES is working for betterment and welfare of IT sector hereby wants to convey Employees/Workers working in these sectors to come forward and share with us if they face any issues pertaining to Salary, Job insecurity, Forceful resignation, illegal termination, harassment etc.”
We spoke with Harpreet Saluja, who is the General Secretary of National Information Technology Employees Sena (NITES), and he is in touch with the affected employees, and situation is indeed bad. Some of their salaries are put on hold, and they are receiving no experience letter as well.
He said, “National Information Technology Employees Sena NITES have submitted an official complaint to the Labour Commissioner Office Pune and has been continuously following up with Dy Labour Commissioner Shri Vikas Panvelkar to resolve the issue.”
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