“Workday is only for 8 hours” – CTS concedes! NDLF Succeeds!

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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.

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New Democratic Labour Front – IT Employees Wing
Contact: Com Karpaga Vinayagam, Organizer
Phone : 9003198576
Email : combatlayoff@gmail.com

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    • sury on April 20, 2017 at 11:22 pm
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    Good initiativ. But employees in many IT companies are suffering from illegal working hours. Must save all..

    • Sanjay on April 30, 2017 at 10:51 pm
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    Hats off to your organisation Sir. God Bless all of you. You are the only people with poor employees who are undergoing this forced pain.

    • Akash on May 2, 2017 at 9:01 pm
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    Isn’t it just an eye wash? Employees are forced to stay in office for “minimum” 9 hours. But if there is work pressure (which is there almost always) that rule goes out the window. Your supervisor and PM will never allow you to leave after 9 hours. If you refuse, you will be screwed badly in upcoming appraisal process. So, nothing has changed. Infact now it’s even worse because even when you don’t have work, you will still have to stay 9 hours in office.

    1. Whoever is impacted (made to work more than 9 hours), send a complaint to our union with documentary evidence, we will take it up.

        • Anonymous on May 9, 2017 at 9:48 am
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        It employees don’t have any choice rather then working for 12 – 15 hours . Either we need to work for that hours or get the bad rating and get fired . So this threat make every employee work more then 12- 15 hours . Why not let these big giants close the office after working hours and only open the office that is having 24/7 support project because they don’t want to do so and keep whole office working and make everyone to work .

    • priya on May 2, 2017 at 10:09 pm
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    Nothing can be done..COGNIZANT can even bribe Modi to stop all non sense..

    • Anonymous on May 9, 2017 at 9:40 am
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    All Indian IT companies mode of sucking blood of employee , they form the very good model , let’s try to understand it :

    1) Legally employees suppose to work for 8 hours .All employees would be happy if they worked for 8 hours only.

    2) Now comes the threat of appraisal and layoff , Companies force you to work for 24 hours otherwise they will give you bad rating and fire you .

    3) Employees doesn’t have any choice so they had to work for 24 hours or get fired .

    4) Only 5-10% are support project that need 24/7 support due to timezone difference but all the software development employees are also need to work for 24 hours .

    5) I myself spent full year working more then 18 hours in office and after all this hard work we need to lick the shoes of manager to get the good appraisal to save ourself from firing .

    For those who are thinking they are hard working so putting lot of effort . US employees or any other country employee strictly working for 8 hours never worked more then 8 hours and are the brilliant minds . we need to change the IT culture for our sake and for our future generation’s sake . We need to stop this slavery.

    • Manivel on October 1, 2017 at 9:19 pm
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    I have revisited this labour law for a lot of time but there is one catch which kind of justifies this 9 hrs (and 9+ in some IT companies). Though it says not more than 8 hrs per day, it also says 48 hrs per week which means 6 days workweek. Since IT is probably the only industry where we get both Sat & Sun day off, wouldn’t it make it legal for them to make it 9 hrs per day? This comes to 9 x 5 = 45 hrs per week, which is below the prescribed limit.

    How to tackle this issue from this angle?

    1. 45 hours including, lunch/tea breaks,right? But in this case and in many other companies, management asks for logging 9 hours work (excluding breaks), which is not legal.

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