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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Techies Turn To Trade Unions

The IT & ITES Trade Union in West Bengal has finally taken shape. The formation of this trade union comes at a time when West Bengal is attracting huge investments in the IT and the non-IT sectors. This would probably pave the way for more such trade unions in other states like Kerala. Even though the union has been formed, IT employees might be reluctant to join the trade union as they might not want to be seen attending the meetings and gatherings of such trade unions. Attend union meetings might not go down favourably with bosses and this could be one of the main reasons why employees would think twice before joining a trade union.

As expected, the techies have shown their web savviness from Day 1 and have launched a website and a blog which will help them in reaching out to the public.


  • I don't think there is a need for unions in IT/ITES. It would only drive investments away from WB.

    Unions, though they have the nobel motive of employee welfare, have caused more negative effects than positive ones.

    By Blogger Cogito, at 10:42 PM  

  • Beat it University unions or organisational unions, unionism have taken a beating. The main reason I feel is the basic motive of unionism.

    The thinking of collective bargaining in aid of achieving a neutral advantage for all the employees has submerged now with more organisations moving along the lines of individual empowerement ways which encourages more autonomy and authority individualy as opposed to the old way, which was more focussed on collective muscle power.

    This may also be caused by breakdown in structures within the organisation and formation of more network or ad-hoc based organisations. So the big MNC's regard this as a potential hazzard for growth, as more individual focus in turned on inside organisations.

    But according to me, even this would induce employees at some point in time to get together & think about something along the lines of unions, which may not be so direct & strong as the real Unions itself- for self protection.

    What do you think?

    By Blogger Bharath Sattanathan, at 6:05 AM  

  • This is drastic. Would drive away investments from WB for sure. Being laggards in IT/ITES space they can't even afford thinking abt this. Lets see whats in store

    By Anonymous Govar, at 9:59 AM  

  • as long as it does not reach Bangalore, Pune or Gurgaon... it won't improve the conditions of the people...
    I seriously feel that there is a need for a union to protect call centers and ITES employees. they are often explioted

    By Blogger pegasus, at 1:15 PM  

  • If the association protects the employees from the misdeeds of the employers, then it may be ok..

    but they shouldn't over protect hampering the industry growth.. that's what happens many times with unions like this.

    By Blogger Ram.C, at 6:27 PM  

  • Indian govt is trying to loot s/w engineers.
    See this site:
    NASSCOM wants all s/w engineers to comply with this, else we will not be able to shift jobs. Ok, its all for good reason, but see the actual point: the s/w engineer who registers (not the company, not the govt) will have to pay Rs.250+taxes for Registration, and Rs.50+taxes annually.
    Why should we pay this to the govt. The govt should do this for us. I am not complaining abt the amount, but saying that the govt is trying to get every money we earn. Ideally, the govt or NASSCOM should pay for this.

    Will the proposed Union take this up?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:18 PM  

  • I think IT trade unions will never be a success...

    for sure at atleast 70 percent of techies work overtime on their own will and effort even also on sat and sundays .

    So then why these IT unions.....

    By Blogger lazytechie, at 8:49 AM  

  • Having lived in Kerala for more than 25 years I can forsee the consequences of trade unions. I dont think trade union in IT will have any effect any where in India except in Kerala and West Bengal. I have written about that here.

    By Blogger Brijesh, at 10:17 AM  

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