I have written an article about the suicide of an IT employee after separation process was initiated for him by his company.
I ended that article with my prayers and hopes that the suicide news will prove to be fake. As this news was not covered in any of the national media and I believed that there is a high chance of this being false. But unfortunately the news is true. The name of the employee is Ganta Krishna Chaitanya and he was working in DXC Technology, Bangalore. He is married in 2012 and has a small kid.
As per his facebook page, he joined DXC Technology on 4th Dec 2015. The company initiated the separation process in less than 30 months of his joining date. It is really bad to see IT companies initiating separation process without following any basic norms. Companies are recruiting people when they get projects and terminate when project gets over.
IT companies used to call laptops, printers and all other appliances as resources. And, employees in IT industries are also termed as resources. That is the reason, companies forget that these ‘resources’ have family and friends, dependent parents, school going kids, housing loan commitments and they worked day and night for years to earn profit for the company. If the the resource is no longer required, separation process is initiated.
Labor unions exist across all sectors including for white collar workers in professions like teaching, banking or for blue collar workers in sectors like transport, factories etc. But, from the beginning IT industry created a myth that unions are not required for IT employees. They isolate, divide and rule the employees using their unscientific appraisal system and terminate employees as per their needs.
Unfortunately Chaitanya has given his life, in reality there are 100s of other Chaitanyas who lost their jobs and are struggling for their living after they are fired illegally.
We are really wondering why the news of Chitanya’s death is not covered in any of the mainstream media. Definitely media attention is required to safeguard employment rights as they are considered as the fourth pillar of democracy. As media is failing their responsibility in this case, we are using our blogs to bring the news to the 37 lakh employees in Indian IT sector.
IT employees are one of the high tax paying sections of the society. Now, the industry is restricting retirement age of employees to 30-40 years. An employee joins the company at 20-21 years of age (without many commitments and with a lot of energy) and after extracting maximum work from the employee, the company wants to throw them out.
Not only that.
If you take Verizon and Tech Mahindra termination scenario, company is deducting 30% on notice money paid for income tax. That means IT employees are paying taxes even when getting separated.
We don’t want government of India to declare IT employees exempt from Income tax. But atleast govt should come forward to implement strict laws to protect employees from the more deadly separation process.
I am definitely against suicide but if separation can lead to this act for an educated, married person with small kid, then imagine how cruel is the separation process? What impact it is going to create to the employee life will be well understand from his decision.
So IT companies like companies in other sectors should abide by law and follow legal process on employee issues.
IT employees should strengthen IT unions. That’s the only solution to protect employee rights from the attack by profit greedy managements.
Chaitanya used the below quote of Mother Teresa as his favorite quote in his facebook profile:
“Do not wait for leaders. Do it alone, person to person. We ourselves feel that we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of the missing drop”
We have tears on our eyes to see what this means now.
– Shyam Sundar, President, NDLF IT Employees Wing