At a time when the IT and ITeS industries have been allowed to function with 50 per cent employee strength in office, the Forum for IT Employees (FITE) has demanded that this provision be retracted in light of the health and safety concerns of the employees.
IT and ITes services have been allowed to operate with 50 per cent capacity in office till the end of the extended lockdown period, that is May 3. This guideline has been issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs in following the extension of lockdown period, to help businesses function better.
It has been hailed as a boon by the industry leaders, particularly for the BPO companies, where not all of have been able to facilitate work from home due technical difficulties.
The Forum has demanded that this provision be revoked as it poses enormous health hazards for the employees who will have to commute to work. It adds that it is not advisable to function with 50 per cent strength, as transportation services are closed and not all companies will be able to provide transport and accommodation to their employees.
Moreover, most of the metro cities, which house the IT hubs of the country fall in the hotspots of the virus-affected areas, such as Delhi, Pune, Bengaluru and Mumbai.
Other demands include regular salaries to be paid to all employees including paid medical leaves and provision of shelter, food and monetary compensation to migrant workers. In addition, FITE wants forceful resignations to be declared illegal and new joinees to be virtually onboarded.
Job offers made to some graduates have been rescinded due to the COVID-19 crisis, and they are now staring at an uncertain future.