20,000 software program engineers misplaced jobs in Bengaluru: KITU


Bengaluru: Life has come full circle for Nawaz (identify modified), because the COVID induced lockdown completes a yr. The coronavirus took a lethal toll on this 47-year-old software program engineer in Bengaluru, thought of the Silicon Metropolis of India with most IT companies working right here.

“I misplaced my job first after which my father in September final yr resulting from coronavirus,” Nawaz advised PTI. The IT skilled, who’s now jobless, stated demonetisation had initially affected his employer agency after which the GST dealt a closing blow. He had been working as a freelancer for numerous companies until the lockdown was imposed.

“After lockdown the businesses stopped giving me any job and I used to be completely depending on my father’s pension,” Nawaz stated. Dealing with a mid-career disaster, Nawaz couldn’t land an honest job. He tried his hand on enterprise, solely to endure big losses. “I do not know what to do subsequent,” Nawaz stated.

In accordance with the Karnataka State IT/ITeS Staff Union (KITU), at the least 20,000 software program engineers misplaced their jobs in Bengaluru. “We’re preventing the case of 47 IT workers who misplaced their jobs. Their matter is pending earlier than the labour commissioner however others haven’t approached,” a senior office-bearer of KITU advised PTI on the situation of anonymity.

In accordance with her, many IT giants in Bengaluru retrenched IT professionals in bulk final yr throughout the COVID lockdown whereas there have been pay cuts in lots of IT/ITES companies. That is in addition to the layoffs in numerous different manufacturing sectors within the state. Karnataka had in December final yr seen unprecedented violence on the Apple Inc contractor manufacturing agency Wistron at Narasapura Industrial Space in Kolar the place workers went on rampage over wage associated points.

Wistron was shut since then and reopened solely lately. The corporate eliminated its vp for the poor dealing with of the scenario. There was a lockout on the Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) owing to labour strike for a lot of months. The logjam ended solely at the start of March.

The pattern was not restricted to the personal sector alone. Staff of the state street transport companies too went on a strike for nearly three days final yr with numerous calls for together with pay on par with the state authorities workers. The strike had introduced town to its knees and compelled the federal government to provide you with an assurance that their calls for could be met.

AITUC state normal secretary D A Vijay Bhaskar stated within the garment sector about two lakh staff, 3.5 lakh within the industrial sector, particularly within the car sector, and about 3 lakh building staff engaged on contract with main builders misplaced their jobs resulting from COVID induced lockdown.

“There’s a big variety of folks from unorganised sector who too have been rendered jobless within the final one yr.” “Many corporations are giving half wage even right now to their workers as they might not recuperate financially,” Bhaskar stated.


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