[fosscomm] small step for ITEC; giant leap for IT employees
raviscn at gmail.com
Tue Mar 13 10:39:23 PDT 2012
from the article
>Information technology (IT) industry in the State, which has enjoyed a
blanket exemption from the Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Act,
1946 for 11 years, will now have to adhere to the rules under this labour
during the recession time(I'm not sure any IT company reported loss or a
considerable dip in the profit growth ), i have seen worst types of
retrenchments. sending off a woman employee who has been working for past 5
years from the cubicle and from company premises with in minutes with the
help of security personnel is very vivid in mind. I hope IT companies will
not be able to do this any more.
> I'd immediately replace all the women who worked in my office with men in
order to keep costs and complexity down.<
by deconstructing Raj's statements, one may infer following points.
1) Hiring and firing at the employer's will is the best thing happened in
2) working post 8pm should be taken for granted.
3) Only women are having security concerns. all men are capable to handle
any man handling situation. (& there by male employees are supposed to work
post 8pm. If he declines, then the employer is free to use the retrenchment
4) and last but not least - by nature, women are money eaters, loss makers,
and not suitable for the industry, so where ever possible, one should try
to replace her with men.
>Incidentally, what is the "exploitation of women" that is specific to
this sector and not covered under normal laws? <
I'm also interested to know more about this.
2012/3/13 Raj Mathur (राज माथुर) <raju at linux-delhi.org>
> On Tuesday 13 Mar 2012, Nidhin Sasi wrote:
> > [snip]
> > The ITEC (IT and ITeS Employees Centre), a support group for IT
> > professionals, and ITHI, a forum of women employees in IT and ITeS,
> > had been campaigning against exemption from the Act.
> > Members of the two forums had campaigned against exemption as well as
> > the proposal to extend the working-hour deadline for women employees
> > from the existing 8 p.m. They had said that extension of
> > working-hour deadline will only help IT/ITeS establishments to get
> > away from their responsibilities of transportation and security for
> > women employees till 10 p.m.
> > ITHI had initiated an online campaign and a petition with signatures
> > from 700 women workers had been submitted to the Labour Secretary
> > and the Labour Commissioner.
> > The Karnataka State Women's Commission had also raised objections to
> > the exemption given to the IT industry from the law on the ground
> > that it leaves wide ground for exploitation of women in the sector.
> This takes the cake for retrogressive outlooks. In effect, it's
> punishing industry for employing women by making it more expensive and
> complex (extra security, extra transport, conformation to laws, etc.)
> And then people whine about there not being enough women in the IT
> If I had an IT company in Karnataka (I presume that's the "State" being
> referred to everywhere, since it is never mentioned by name) I'd
> immediately replace all the women who worked in my office with men in
> order to keep costs and complexity down.
> Responsibility for security and safety of women (or any sector of
> society) cannot be devolved from the state to industry. It is the
> state's job to protect its citizens, and if it is failing in doing that
> it must be held accountable and measures taken to improve the situation.
> Penalising industry (and women) because the state has failed to meet its
> obligations will affect both revenue and, in the long term, gender
> Incidentally, what is the "exploitation of women" that is specific to
> this sector and not covered under normal laws?
> -- Raj
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