New Delhi. ALL INDIA DEMOCRATIC WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION (AIDWA) demanded that the Central Government enforce rules and regulations to make IT companies and BPOs implement strong, foolproof security arrangements immediately for all employees with provisions to penalize companies violating safety norms.
Memorandum from AIDWA to Prime Minister-Security measures for women in the IT sector is as follows -
The Prime Minister,
Government of India,
Subject: Security measures for women in the IT sector
Rasila Raju OP, a software professional, was brutally murdered inside the Infosys office in Pune on January 29, 2017. In December 2015 too, a woman employee inside the Pune Infosys campus had been raped by two male housekeeping staff colleagues. These incidents have once again brought to public attention the sad state of women's safety in the information technology and BPO sector. The practice of forcing employees including women to work late nights and weekends is widespread, even when it is possible to give them options to work from home. Often, this is forced upon employees in spite of growing safety and health concerns raised by them. The corporate Human Resources departments, which are supposed to ensure fair working conditions, resort to reminding the employees of their contractual obligations made at the time of hiring, the interpretation of which stands for unlimited working hours without any overtime pay. Many of these facilities operate in Special Economic Zones (SEZs) where the enforcement of labor laws is scant. This is why women employees have become all too frequent victims of assaults and other violent crimes that have occurred in the workplaces. AIDWA strongly condemns the callous attitude of the IT companies towards safety and security of its employees, especially women.
· AIDWA demands that the government ensures that proper investigation is done and that exemplary punishment be given to the perpetrators of such crimes.
· AIDWA upholds the observations made by the Mumbai High Court in 2007 in the case of rape and murder of a BPO employee in Pune that “Companies employing women to work graveyard shifts should ensure their safety. It is the responsibility of the company concerned to ensure that the women employees reach back home safely.”
AIDWA demands that the Central Government enforce rules and regulations to make IT companies and BPOs implement strong, foolproof security arrangements immediately for all employees with provisions to penalize companies violating safety norms.
· AIDWA also demands that the Central Government ensure that night work for women be made optional and fair work practices be followed in all work places under IT Companies and BPO’s.
AIDWA resolves to launch a movement to attain justice for women workers under attack in such work places if the Government does nothing in this regard.
Malini Bhattacharya Mariam Dhawale
President General Secretary