Letter from TN Labour Secretary on Right to Form Union

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series IT Union - Legal Fights

Letter from Labour Secretary Secretariat, Chennai-9 LΑΒΟUR ΑΝD ΕΜΡLΟΥΜΕΝΤ DΕΡΑRΤΜΕΝΤ Letter No.9172/K2/2015 – 6, dated 30.05.2016 From Thiru. Kumar Jayant, I.A.S., Principal Secretary to Government. To iru. S.Karpagavinayagam, Organiser, Puthiya Jananayaga Thozhilalar Munnani, No.110/63, NSK Salai, Kodambakkam, Chennai – 24. Sir, Sub: IT Companies – Enforcement of Labour Law in IT Companies and demands of …

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Right to Form Union Re-affirmed

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series IT Union - Legal Fights

In reply to a petition submitted by NDLF in January 2015 (W.P.No. 4422/2015) , a subsequent order by Madras High Court and after repeated reminders, Tamil Nadu government has announced the following decisions regarding implementation of labour laws in the IT sector. All the labour legislations are applicable to all the IT and ITES companies. …

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The price we pay for “progress

India generates about 18.5 lakh tonne electronic waste every year. This figure is expected to reach up to 30 lakh tonne per year by 2018. The government, public and private industries contribute over 70 percent of e-waste, while 15 percent comes from households. Out of the total e-waste generated, only 2.5 percent gets recycled. Sectorwise …

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Firing unfair, wants compensation, Employee gets a tribunal to look into the matter

When an low or middle level employee is fired or made to resign by the company, what option do they have? Usually, the only option is to brush up the resume and to start looking for other jobs. In the meantime, worry to death about how to support the family and pay EMIs. But find …

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Nearly 40,000 Verizon workers on strike

Nearly 40,000 Verizon workers walked off the job on Wednesday in one of the largest U.S. strikes in recent years after contract talks hit an impasse. The strike was called by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers that jointly represent employees with such jobs as customer services representatives …

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Focus on feeding platforms like Twitter and Facebook generates junk news

Ev Williams is not a fan of the increasingly homogenised media he currently sees, with its emphasis on feeding the great, gaping maw of platforms like Twitter and Facebook too often producing what he describes as tantamount to junk food. “We’re still stuck in some very naive thinking, with the idea that people consuming media …

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Can technology solve social problems?

Technology empowers people, opens up multiple opportunities, but will it get rid of the biases, prejudices and injustice inherent in a society? Uber, the taxi riding company said “only” 5 claims of rape and less than 170 claims of sexual assault were received by the company between December 2012 and August 2015 in US. This …

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Is today’s tech world gender and colour (and religion and caste and class) neutral?

“Technology is for everyone. It sees all humanity as one. It doesn’t know it’s being handled by a man or a woman or a black or a white but inadvertently it often fails to deliver to the ‘other’. Women and blacks.” says an article in ciol.com Gadgets and apps are designed to solve the problems …

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Minimum wages raised in California, New York

California state government reached a deal to raise minimum wage to $10.50 an hour next year and then gradually to $15 by 2022. (On Thursday, March 31, 2016) Just hours later, lawmakers in Albany struck a deal that will raise the minimum within New York City to $15 by the end of 2018, before gradually …

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BPO automation, cost reductions – implications for employees?

BPO companies and their customers strive continuously for more and more cost reductions (read more work with less employees, less pay and benefits) “Customers want beyond 10-15% cost and performance benefits, to which we found the answer in Robotics –non-invasive software technology to quickly increase efficiencies from business processes.” “BPO 1.0 was about pure offshoring …

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Mass Surveillance silences minority opinions – study

A new study shows that knowledge of government surveillance causes people to self-censor their dissenting opinions online. The research offers a sobering look at the oft-touted “democratizing” effect of social media and Internet access that bolsters minority opinion. The study finds that in the wake of widespread knowledge of government surveillance people tend to silence …

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Indian IT majors reduce hiring numbers

The Big Five software exporters – TCS, Infosys, Wipro, HCL and Cognizant – together added net 24 per cent fewer employees in 2015 at 77,265. US-listed, Chennai-based Cognizant Technologies down 74.6 per cent from 2014, HCL Technologies down 71 per cent and TCS dip by 6.6 per cent at 26,066. Infosys made a whopping 111.4 …

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Einstein’s Big Idea

History and science behind E=mc2

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Scrap performance appraisal !

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Scrap Performance Appraisal

WORKERS OF THE WORLD, UNITE! Scrap performance appraisal ! Dear IT friends, We would be confronting this year’s appraisal cycle in the backdrop of massive layoffs by IT giants such as TCS and IBM. After slogging day-and-night for one whole year, we expect pay-hike and promotion as righteous rewards for our efforts. Although we have …

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TCS Layoff – NLDF combats

This entry is part 3 of 19 in the series Struggle Against Layoffs

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