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Cognizant Technology Solutions (CTS) office in Tambaram near Chennai made logging of 9 hours (excluding lunch break) a day compulsory for employees working in its ‘XL Catlin’ project. The concerned employees received an email to this effect last year.
Some comrades who are members of NDLF IT Employees Wing working in CTS brought this illegal act of CTS to our notice. After enquiring with them in person and ascertaining the facts, on the advice of state committee of NDLF, we decided to take up this issue legally.
Accordingly, our union lodged a complaint about this illegal action with the Labour Inspector of Kanchipuram district on 19-07-2016.
As usual, no action was taken on the complaint. We sent a reminder after one month on 23-08-2016. As even that did not elicit any response, on 06-10-2016 we went to the labour office in person to enquire about the status of the complaint. This put pressure on the Labour Department to do its duty.
After all this, the Labour Inspector started an enquiry on the complaint and sent a letter to CTS asking for explanation. Subsequently, St Thomas Mount Assistant Labour Inspector and Tambaram Labour Sub-Inspector conducted a joint inspection at the premises of CTS located in MEPZ, Tambaram.
During the inspection, the inspectors inquired about the official email sent to the employees working in XL Catlin project asking them to work 9 hours per day. The HR officer Mrs. Rupa who attended the enquiry had told them that the employees work for 9 hours including lunch and other breaks and so the working time is only 8 hours per day.
The Labour Inspector informed NDLF IT Employees Wing about this finding, through a letter. It is clear from this that, as per law a company cannot ask its employees to work more than 8 hours a day.
This is a milestone achievement by NDLF in its fight against the illegal practice of extending working hours beyond limit which is a common practice in all IT companies.
This was made possible by the legal challenge mounted by NDLF and our persistent efforts to get the legal process moving. CTS which originally asked its employees to work for 9 hours excluding lunch break, finally conceded that working time is only 8 hours per day.
This law is applicable to all IT companies. We call upon all IT employees not to submit to the compulsion of more than 8 hours work. Contact NDLF IT Employees Wing.
New Democratic Labour Front – IT Employees Wing
Contact: Com Karpaga Vinayagam, Organizer
Phone : 9003198576
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