IT Job Cuts, Transport Workers Woes, Cafeteria Workers’ Unions

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News : Job Losses in IT Sector

Five major IT companies in India have reported 1800 less jobs for the quarter ending June. Three of the five major companies, including TCS, have cut down on their workforce and most of the increase in jobs at Wipro has come from acquisition of companies rather than fresh recruitment.

Wipro saw 200 employees join the company on the acquisition of Infoserver, and an additional 1,000 employees added to its workforce from one of its clients when the Bengaluru-based IT company won an outsourcing deal in its business process outsourcing business.

Overall, the sector is struggling to create more jobs and might find it difficult to achieve NASSCOM’s prediction of 1.5 lakh more jobs this year. Given the increase in automation, it is even likely that the year might end with a net loss of employment in the sector that accounts for a million jobs.

“What required 50 programmers, analysts or accountants five years ago can be done by a handful of smart thinkers and much smarter systems,” said Phil Fersht, CEO of US-based HfS Research, an outsourcing research firm. (Infosys, TCS, Tech Mahindra see workforce shrink for the first time

View : Time to take back concessions given to IT companies in the form of subsidised land and tax exemptions, in the name of creating jobs!


News : Work Boycott by Rajasthan Transport workers

The Times of India reports that, “A two-hour boycott of work was observed by several trade unions representing workers of the Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation. Workers were protesting that their salaries were being sent late, and that they had not been paid for the months of June and July yet. Retired employees were being denied retirement benefits and pension, and about 4,000 pensioners were stranded in difficult circumstances. The boycott was observed across the state, throwing the bus network out of whack.”

At Sindhi Camp bus terminus in Jaipur, workers raised slogans against the government. They blamed government policy for pushing the roadways into the red. The Lok Parivahan Seva buses, which are private buses, were being encouraged by the government, leaders of the workers said.

Abdul Rehman, who was waiting at Sindhi Camp for a bus to Mathura, told TOI, “These workers have not been paid in months and are having trouble putting their children through school. I have been waiting for a bus for over an hour now, but how can I hold them responsible?” (Workers protest, buses halt for 2 hours across Rajasthan over late payments)

View : Transport workers in Tamil Nadu also face almost similar problems. ‘Ammas ADMK’ and ‘Raje’s BJP’ compete for best scamster award!


News : Facebook, Google, Intel workers organise into unions

500 workers working in the cafeteria of the Facebook office voted to form a union. This comes on the heels of cafeteria workers employed by Google and Intel organising into unions. Cafeteria workers embody the extreme inequalities of big tech’s economic dominion. Dining-hall servers generally earn less than $700 a week, and sink about two-thirds of each paycheck into monthly rent (median rent in Silicon Valley costs nearly $1,800).

  • Degrading labor conditions have eroded the area’s community fabric over the years, and median family incomes sank by about 20 percent from 2000 to 2010.
  • In contrast to the exploding salaries of tech professionals, one in three contract workers faces long-term underemployment and unaffordable housing costs.
  • Their children attend underfunded schools, and homeless encampments have mushroomed alongside gleaming high-rises.
  • Gentrification is shattering working-class ethnic neighborhoods as professionals move in, yet overall job growth has largely stalled since the end of the first dot-com bubble.
  • And as urban infrastructure erodes, CEOs are driven to work by commuter-shuttle drivers who can barely afford the bus fare to work.

500 Workers Staffing Facebook’s Cafeteria Just Voted to Unionize

View : Does it sound like the state of Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad?


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