[fosscomm] small step for ITEC; giant leap for IT employees
senthilsos at yahoo.com
Sun Mar 18 18:55:32 PDT 2012
> Fully agreed with all the points you have made.
> However, you are missing one important difference between the original issue and your proposed solution: communities choosing to enhance their own > security are doing precisely that: choosing. There had not been
> any fiat from on top forcing them them enhance their security.
This was certainly not a FIAT from top. There was public uproar. Companies themselves felt better be 'safe' than sorry. Womens commission took note of IT. ITHI and ITEC did campaigns and there was considerable support from young women. Infact the current women commission objected to the exemption. Finally the 'fiat' . its another matter that there is very poor enforcement of any 'law' especially ones concerning people .
> Workers would then have a choice as to whether or not they wish to join such organisations. If the need for extra security is great enough, organisations that do not provide such facilities will automatically find themselves short of appropriately skilled workers, and either change their policies or change their line of business.
>> As P Sainath said if people had a choice in 'free market' they would have eaten and not commit suicides. We unfortunately live in a society when 'choice' is limited. Maybe there is choice for some. But the choice of the minority cannot be imposed on the 'choiceless' majority.
Ofcourse it would be great if women walk the streets in midnight without fear like men do ( like to a certain extent in Bombay and some developed cities abroad and maybe i am wrong) but till then stop gap measures are certainly needed . and certainly there is a role for government in this. and so do big companies which can certainly afford the same. problem is non-implementation. and confusing theories which dont ensure the government work towards the commons.
in the unorganised sectors like garment workers. family members provide this secuirty and the companies themseleves dont operate night shifts . and the case of sexual abuse is not uncommon . unfortunately thats the extent of choice we have in this society.
women in IT compared to garment workers have certainly some more choice. but will definitely work extra hours risking security to ensure their livelihoods are guaranteed ( because the IT companies incentivise this) and . IT companies incentivise this and keep their work floor open 24X7 and certainly make a profit out of this. Some social responsibility is not bad. and how much choice a IT workers themselves have in-spite of better salary is a question. And all this was not so earlier. it was only after prathiba case they felt its better to be 'safe than sorry' and take some responsibility. otherwise you would know its so hard to convince any 'boss' especially the IT ones on 'social responsibility' !
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