[AI] IT sector starts shedding its differently abled resources.

Subramani L lsubramani at deccanherald.co.in
Fri Feb 22 00:17:16 EST 2008


Dear Harish:

No one can ask for 100% job security. I feel we all are pragmatic and
understand that the onus of retaining our jobs or achieving progress
essentially depend on our performance. If this is the actual case, I
guess we have nothing to discuss. Unfortunately this doesn't seem to be
happening. 

Though getting employment seems quite easy in government sector, how far
one's performance would be considered when decisions are made on
promotions or increments is a question. 

We thought privatisation would change this, but if corruption and
cronyism are things that decide the progress of a person in government
sector, discriminatory contracts and illegal means of recruitments seems
to have replaced it in the private sector. Though I insist that this
statement needs deeper investigation, I feel on the face of it, we can't
accept this situation, because this seems far worse than what prevailed
during the pre-Privatisation days. This is what Sudhir wants to
highlight. So, your idea of being judicious in staying or leaving a job
is a good one, but accepting non-legally-binding contracts isn't the
right thing. We have an obligation to create awareness among our folks
and also to curb their excitement and read the stuff in black and white
before considering signing it. 

Subramani 




or a person's during promotions or 

-----Original Message-----
From: accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in
[mailto:accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in] On Behalf Of Harish
Kotian
Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2008 8:05 PM
To: accessindia at accessindia.org.in
Subject: Re: [AI] IT sector starts shedding its differently abled
resources.

Hi Sudhir / Shadab

Corporates are very smart to terminate and give breaks so, as to to
operate 
within legal framework.

One can take legal recluse, only if we can prove candidly discrimination
is 
practised.

Thinking that private jobs can be made secure would be like like basking
in 
wishful thinking.

I am eagerly looking for inputs which could point in those direction.
Harish.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Sudhir R (NeSTIT)" <sudhir.r at nestgroup.net>
To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2008 10:36 AM
Subject: Re: [AI] IT sector starts shedding its differently abled
resources.


> Dear Harish,
>
> I fully agree with you about the need to be vigilant and watch out for

> opportunities to move on.
>
> But, we need to appreciate a few hard facts when it comes to job
mobility 
> in India.  Indian demographics is fully loaded in favour of the 
> twenty-somethings, since they constitute about 50% of the population
and 
> employers prefer to have them on rolls as they can put in longer
hours. 
> By forty, these resources become expendable for the company who can
get 
> fresh supplies of younger blood.  Here-in lies the trap of the
contract 
> system.  Instead of taking resources on rolls, companies prefer to
engage 
> them on (fatter) contracts, dumping them at their whim and pleasure.
>
> This scenario of hiring and firing is OK in a mature market like the 
> developed nations, where tough laws guarantee certain rights to such 
> employees and also unemployment doles ensure they can meet their basic

> needs till another job comes by.  In India, this could spell disaster
to 
> older, disabled or otherwise disadvantaged resources.
>
> My lawyer friends tell me that maintaining resources on long-term 
> contracts is itself an illegal act as per existing Indian law.  Let us
not 
> exonerate this illegal act of these companies under the garb of 
> right-sizing.
>
> What we need is concerted action in creating awareness in regulatory 
> bodies about such mal-practices, legal action or legislation to
prevent 
> such happenings and exposing of the sham of disabled-friendliness of
such 
> publicity-crazy corporates.  Hope the issue is taken up with the same 
> vigour and solidarity as earlier issues like air travel discrimination
and 
> examination-related problems.
>
> Thanks and rgds
>
> RS
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in
> [mailto:accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in]On Behalf Of Harish
> Kotian
> Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2008 9:21 PM
> To: accessindia at accessindia.org.in
> Subject: Re: [AI] IT sector starts shedding its differently abled
> resources.
>
>
> Hi Sudhir
>
> Yes, this is a run down on facts, but it does not carry us to any 
> solution.
> There is no government job at all. So, no point on counting it.
>
> In such a cenerio, makes more sense being vigilant and keenly look for
> opportunities and willingness to move on.
>
> Another advise would be not to squander money when going is good and
run
> into debts if it could be avoided.
> Harish
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Sudhir R (NeSTIT)" <sudhir.r at nestgroup.net>
> To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
> Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2008 12:48 PM
> Subject: [AI] IT sector starts shedding its differently abled
resources.
>
>
>>
>>> Hi folks !
>>>
>>> Hope the list members recollect an issue I had raised about six
months
>>> back - about the so-called  new employers of the differently abled,
the
>>> IT & ITES companies, keeping the disabled resources on long periods
of
>>> contract, without confirming them.
>>>
>>> The ensuing discussion had centred on the benefits of the contract 
>>> system
>>> and how it was really progressive.  The issue was swept under the
carpet
>>> unlike other "serious" issues like discrimination by airlines
against 
>>> the
>>> visually challenged, the mistakes in grammar in the list postings,
etc.
>>>
>>> Now that  the IT sector has started feeling the heat of the Rupee
>>> appreciation and the US economic melt-down, the poor disabled
resources
>>> have started getting contract termination notices.  Funnily, a
>>> multinational behemoth which describes itself as an equal
opportunity
>>> employer and draws lot of media publicity from this is one of the
first
>>> to initiate action that might impact some of our own list members.
>>>
>>> There is little that we can do but sit and watch as the most
important
>>> social security mechanism available to the Indian blind, a steady
job, 
>>> is
>>> kicked out from their grasp thanks to biased corporate policies.
While
>>> appreciating the fact that job mobility is the in-thing in a
globalised
>>> existence, let us not forget that the disadvantaged in India, like
us
>>> disabled, do not have an elaborate social security mechanism to fall

>>> back
>>> on in such circumstances.
>>>
>>> Finally, when all the hype dies down, the only recourse to the
disabled
>>> who are not from well-heeled families may still be government jobs
and /
>>> or traditional sectors like teaching, vocational trades and
>>> self-employment.
>>>
>>> Rgds
>>>
>>> RS
>>> M: 98 472 76 126
>>>
>>>
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