The Forum of IT Professionals, a group representing IT professionals in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, on Saturday held a meet attended by several techies and released a declaration.
The first state-level convention of the group, which is assisting retrenched techies, demanded that the Telangana government must protect the IT and ITeS sector by ordering companies to implement labour laws.
A 27-member executive committee was also elected during the meet.
â€śFor a nation like India, with a large portion of the young generation associated with the knowledge economy and millions planning their career to be a part of the same, it makes it all the more important that stability is ensured in lives of the workforce and the industry,â€ť the declaration states.
â€śAutomation is taking over many functions and tasks that were performed by IT professionals manually. Due to restrictive means of terminating employees by tagging them as non-performers, companies are denying them opportunity elsewhere, reducing their wages and not providing adequate employment. We demand the labour department to ensure the implementation of labour laws in IT, IT&ES industry and the state government must issues a white paper on the same,â€ť Kiran Chandra, president of union of IT professionals, was quoted as saying.
The IT employees also proposed to form a trade union, a move which was welcomed by many.
Last year, several IT companies in India like Verizon and Tech Mahindra were reported to have laid off hundreds of employees across the country, with the worst affected said to be employees in the Chennai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru offices.
Towards the end of December, ForIT had also filed a petition with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) against the alleged "inhuman practices" adopted by companies while laying off employees.
The forum also filed a case in the Hyderabad High Court, which is presently being heard.