WFH regulation demands submitted to Labour Commissioner
On October 10th 2020, a section of IT & ITES employees protested against the NASSCOM’s policy recommendations for WFH, as it is a path way to Modern Slavery.
As a continuation to our struggle to protect employees welfare, on October 12th 2020, a memorandum of demands related to regulating Work From Home to employees welfare and opposing NASSCOM’s demands were given to Labour Commissioner Mr. Nandagopal, IAS at DMS, Chennai.
Delegation comprising of Alagunambi Welkin, General Secretary and Sukumar, Vice President has submitted the demands in person. We explained the issues IT & ITES face due to the Work From Home and the dire need of regulating it in the interest of protecting employees health and well being.
We submitted the below demands,
- Involve the Central Trade Unions and registered IT & ITES employees unions in the process of formulating legal framework for Work From Home.
- Implement state wise fast-track special labour cell to act on the disputes raised by employees and resolve it immediately.
- Extend Samadhan, the Online Dispute Management System to IT & ITES employees employed in Tamil Nadu.
- Reduce work hours to 6 hours per day.
- Enact right to disconnect law to enable employees to disconnect from work and primarily not to engage in work-related electronic communications such as e-mails or messages during non-work hours.
- Address the mental/physical health and financial difficulties raised by WFH
Commissioner has received it well and assured us for considering the demands post discussion with in the department.