Pune: Tech Mahindra employees allege company forcing them to stay in guesthouse during lockdown

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Pune, 13 July 2020: The employees of Tech Mahindra have alleged that they are being forced to stay in a guesthouse in Hinjawadi, against their will under the lockdown period starting 14th July. The employees were suddenly informed to pack their bags as until lockdown they will be staying at the guesthouse.

Many employees said that they are under huge pressure and trauma as they are being threatened that non-compliance will result in termination of job or loss of pay.

The union of IT employees, National Information Technology Employees Senate (NITES), has condemned the act of the company. “The government allowed IT companies to work with 15% of employees. But the important question here is who is going to the companies to count this 15% staff? We have already written to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Pune District Collector Naval Kishore Ram to order 100% mandatory work from home option to IT, ITES, BPO and KPO employees. We are unsure about the hygiene, sanitization or other precautions being taken by the companies. We also don’t know if the necessary measures to protect employees are being followed or not. There is no clue from the government regarding the inspection of companies if they are equipped to safeguard the lives of employees from Covid-19 pandemic. Hence it is a forced death-trap which is being imposed on employees”, said NITES General Secretary Harpreet Saluja.

When contacted, Tech Mahindra spokesperson, said, “As per the state government regulations, all Information technology (IT) and IT-enabled services (ITeS) industries can operate with 15 per cent workforce working out of office campuses, while, in our case only less than 1 per cent are currently operating from offices for running critical engagements which cannot be moved to the home. However given that some of our associates have to travel from or through containment zones, we have provided an option to stay at our guest house. Associates who are currently staying at our guest house have voluntarily opted to avoid the daily risk of travel.”

 

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