Here comes “UNION” for IT workers
Supporting the formation of Unions for IT workers, Prakash Karat, General Secretary of CPI (M) made this statement:
IBM one of the largest computer companies has unions in Europe and America. Why can’t IBM units in India have unions?Yes, Mr. Karat, you can have union for employees benefit. But the union you are talking about is for the benefit of the party. Does IBM in US allow a union for the employees which listens to the local Democrat or Republican leadership?
Now hear the comments made by M K Pandhe, President of CITU.
The working conditions in IT sector are like a 19th century prison and employees work like slaves.
I think he is talking about his own party. His party in 21st century is like 19th century prison and party workers are like slaves.
Now just glance through the statistics in the table below brought out by the Labor Bureau. It shows the effect of “Unionism” and loss of man-days lost due to strikes and lockout. Over 73% of the man-days lost due to strike and lockout happens in West Bengal, 2 strong holds of Marxist Party. In 2004 4.7 lakh man-days were lost in Kerala and it increased to 30.6 lakh days in 2005. The study also found out that more than 73% man days were lost in manufacturing sector with little days lost in service sector like IT. Marxist party would love to see same kind of numbers in service sector also and hence they are so eager to have a Union for IT workers.
Unions in IT won’t have any effect in states other than West Bengal and Kerala. Even in West Bengal the effect will be minimal as they are following a capitalist form of communism as followed in China. The man-days lost are coming down considerably in West Bengal (See the chart above). The state, which it is going to impact the most, will be Kerala.
I am sure seeing their brothers in West Bengal; the jobless, militant comrades of Marxist Party in Kerala won’t sit idle. They will soon launch a union “All Kerala IT Employees Union”. This will be the last nail in the coffin for the development of IT in Kerala.
Last time when the petroleum prices were hiked, Communist party called for an all day strike. Life was as usual in most parts of India except in Kerala and West Bengal. In Kerala, the ruling Communist government made sure that all unions affiliated to the party joined the strike causing lot of hardships to people. Think of a similar thing happening in IT field with the advent of unions. Will any company be willing to open up an office in such a place?
Communist parties in their stronghold have destroyed industries with their militant unions. Now they have set their eyes on the emerging IT industry.
Let Us All Join and Say “NO” to UNIONS Affiliated to Political Parties in IT Sector