1. IT industry layoffs: Staff associations say disagree with Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy’s fear over formation of unions

IT industry layoffs: Staff associations say disagree with Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy’s fear over formation of unions

The IT employees associations today sought to allay fears of Infosys founder NR Narayana Murthy towards trade unionism, saying they do not believe in 'hartals' and lockouts, but "compassionate unionism," where problems are addressed in a holistic manner.

By: | Bengaluru | Published: June 4, 2017 8:00 PM
IT industry layoffs, Infosys, IT industry , Staff associations say disagree with Infosys, Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy, Narayana Murthy, formation of unions, unions The IT employees associations today sought to allay fears of Infosys founder NR Narayana Murthy towards trade unionism, saying they do not believe in ‘hartals’ and lockouts, but “compassionate unionism,” where problems are addressed in a holistic manner. (PTI)

The IT employees associations today sought to allay fears of Infosys founder NR Narayana Murthy towards trade unionism, saying they do not believe in ‘hartals’ and lockouts, but “compassionate unionism,” where problems are addressed in a holistic manner. “We totally disagree with Narayana Murthy’s fear over formation of unions.. we believe in compassionate unionism, where the problems are addressed in holistic manner, without causing much harm to the IT sector,” Forum For IT Employees Vice President Vasumathi told PTI in an interview. “If Murthy speaks about compassionate capitalism, why shouldn’t we be talking about compassionate unionism? IT professionals across the board are not keen on strikes and violent protests,” she said.

Murthy had told a business news channel that unionism may appear to be a good solution, but in the long term it will fall into the hands of people, whose decision may not be in the best interest of IT industry, which is not good for youngsters and IT industry leaders. He also said IT leaders should embrace compassionate capitalism, if not the affected people who have lost jobs will embrace unions.

All India IT Employees Association President Muqeemuddin said there are several mechanisms, other than hartals and strikes, to put pressure on the government, one of the most potent being the social media. “Social media plays a very important role in galvanising people, and putting tremendous pressure on the system and governments.. We have seen it happening for ourselves.. Many people who were laid off got in touch with us via social media to talk about injustice meted out to them,” he said.

However, the IT employees associations have backed Murthy’s call to IT companies to protect the jobs of youngsters by asking senior executives to take pay cuts. “I do not understand how compassion goes hand in hand with capitalism where the main aim is to earn profits.However, it is a welcome sign that a person like Narayana Murthy has shown some concern over IT layoffs,” Vasumathi said. Lauding Murthy’s pay-cut remarks, Muqeemuddin urged the Infosys Co-Founder to donate some money earned through various stock and deposit portfolios to Infosys to protect youngsters who lose jobs due to automation and artificial intelligence. “By sharing some money with the company, this way he can show the world that he is really concerned about the well-being of IT professionals,” he said. Rajesh of FITE Bengaluru Chapter also welcomed Murthy’s call to IT industry leaders to invest heavily in new training programmes to re-skill a large number of youngsters.

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    The Analyst
    Jun 4, 2017 at 9:46 pm
    I'm with Trump for banning H1-B visas. Why good American should suffer due to low pay scales by Indian ITs. The preachers are tel the employees to learn new things.They put young and experienced Americans out of business by misusing quotas. They always won contract on the basis of price and not on merit. Never thought about employees career, family life and future, nor here and nor of US employees. We should not blame capitalism but those greedy hands who rocks the cradle of capitalism. Those dirty hands makes the capitalism baby dirty.
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      Bona
      Jun 4, 2017 at 11:04 pm
      What trump is doing may be right as a native man.But India should rise up and build better itself in its won land compared to USA or Idea of Mr Murthy. And start using Indian products,start helping indians
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        ITProfessional
        Jun 4, 2017 at 11:34 pm
        Absolutely. Our IT leaders did not learn their lessons nor did they make improvements to their practices even though warning signs were there for 10-20 plus years, Even environment/climate/infra of the cities where they operate in India has also not increased and neither are IT employees satisfied. Only people who may be satisfied are the apartment builders and alike. However if the IT sector was led properly with a definite vision and strategy Indian IT workers could have been taken with respect both in America and India. Solely doing business with Profit Motive and neglecting all other key performance factors such as Ethics, Customer, Employee Satisfaction, Long Term Career for employees these things could have been avoided and IT leaders could have been taken with respect. It is time to recognize and bring up other "natural" IT leaders who have worked in both USA and India and have the leadership potential and vision. That is good for IT workers and IT in both USA and India.
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        ITProfessional
        Jun 4, 2017 at 9:22 pm
        That's correct. Corporates need to do "Ethical" Employee Management in stead of "Use and Throw Policies" which is in vogue in the industry today and for some time. IT companies are solely focused on profits and are not interested in the long term careers of neither the Experienced Candidates nor the Freshers. They simply want to hire freshers/bachelors at the lowest possible ry, employ them for a while, make them work for 10-12-15 hrs a day and throw them out after a few years once they reach higher ry levels, citing performance, lack of skills etc. They do not make efforts to retrain them and reallocate them providing a long term career. They think every one should maintain at fresher ry levels ie. stay 5-6 people in one room, use shared transportation, eat only rice, no luxuries, just be in front of computer monitor for extended hours. Sponser some low ry guys for H1B but not experienced folks.This has caused protest in even US also. Time for change in IT Management
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          The Analyst
          Jun 4, 2017 at 9:10 pm
          Raising business is the task of top people in management. When company fails to gain more business or lose business, the employees in the lower rung are always penalized as if the business was gone or diminished due to employees in lower ranks. Fact of the matter is that these people are overworking just to satisfy client's demands. They are made to work 9 to 9. They cannot think of beyond that. It is not their fault if client withdraws project. It's all about quotations for which only top management is responsible. When company grows, the same top people in management are given handsome bonuses and at that time these laborers are given better than average rise. It is cheap capitalism. Responsibilities must be clear. Emperor Sikka says employee should learn new skills. How a employee who is igned a legacy project will come out of the stupid job and learn new skills? The legacy systems are eating prime of their life. They won't be required once these systems are thrown out.
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