Finally, the verdict between the Karnataka State IT/ITeS Employees Union (KITU) and the IT industry major Wipro is out. The employees union win, and the Bengaluru court has ordered to reinstate this software professional who allegedly forced to resign.
TKS Kutty, The union’s vice president, the lead lawyer for the employee. On Friday, June 25, the court order has published the company — Wipro Technologies— has been ordered to rehire the IT engineer with original full wage benefits, including the period he barred from the company. With the reference of section 10(1)(c)(d) of the Industrial Disputes Act issued the verdict. The claimed forced resignation of the IT employee took place on March 2, 2018. Because of the union’s statement, the engineer was a senior employee of the company and is forced to resign with no apparent reason.
The third Additional Work Court sequence said, “The forced resignation of the first party obtained under duress, force and without his free will and consent and will receive by the 2nd party management is unsustainable in the law. the acceptance of the resignation of the first party by the second party is not allowed.”
It also added, “Consequently, the second party management directed to reinstate the first party workman to the original post with continuity of service. full back wages, arrears of pay, and such other dues, benefits, etc., from the date of termination till the date of reinstatement for which he is very much entitled to, within 30 days from the date of publication of this award.”
KITU has been vocal about the alleged anti-worker behaviour of the IT companies, including BIG IT giants like Accenture and Cognizant. The union is also engaged with the state Labour Department to support the cause of workers. Furthermore, in the wake of the mass layoff of employees during the onset of the covid-19 pandemic, The union has opened a help desk to address concerns of affected employees.