IT Giant Infosys Allows Gig Work, NITES Condemns Jumper Attached To It | India is blooming
Bengaluru: The National Senate of Information Technology Employees (NITES) on Friday condemned India’s major IT firm Infosys for inserting a rider in its decision to allow its employees to take gig jobs in other organizations.
Infosys has inserted an addendum, requiring its employees to accept jobs on demand with the prior approval of its managers.
Gig work, which is different from moonlighting, is a word for work that lasts for a specified period of time. Moonlighting involves having a second job, which is usually done in secret or at night, in addition to one’s regular job.
The issue fell into the public domain after an internal email sent to Infosys employees was leaked to the media. UNI is in possession of a copy of this email.
“IT employees cannot be treated as bonded laborers. We condemn Infosys CEO Salil Parekh’s statement that to undertake gig work outside the organization, employees must obtain ‘clearance from Infosys management,” NITES Chairman Harpreet Singh Saluja said in a statement. statement.
“There is no legal limit to the number of salaried jobs an employee can hold. In India, sometimes company managers hold multiple jobs,” he said.
These are clear violations of human rights and personal liberty, and the right to privacy is protected as an intrinsic part of the right to life and personal liberty under Article 21 and as part of the freedoms guaranteed by Part III of the Indian Constitution, Saluja said.
The right to privacy is also recognized as a fundamental human right under section 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Act 1948, which states that no one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his or her private life, family, home or correspondence, he said.
Saluja also demanded a bigger loaf of bread saying that IT companies shouldn’t stop at allowing on-demand work, but also allow moonlighting, given entry-level employee salaries that have stagnated for more than a decade. ‘a decade.
Given the surge in inflation, employees wishing to support their families should be allowed to take a second job (black work). The second job should not be treated as a criminal act, he said.
“Employees have an employment contract with Infosys for 9 hours only. What employees do outside working hours is their prerogative,” he said.
The email sent to Infosys employees read as follows: “Any employee wishing to work on demand may do so, with the prior agreement of their manager and BP-RH, and during their personal time, for the establishments that do not compete with Infosys or Infosys customers.”
Infosys said it relies on its employees to ensure this does not affect their ability to work effectively with the company. “Furthermore, pursuant to Infosys’ employment contract, employees may not work in areas where there is an actual or potential conflict of interest or accepting duplication,” the email reads.
As an organization, Infosys values the ability to continuously learn new skills and gain experience. Infosys said it’s only natural for the company to support employees who take on additional projects, if any, in their spare time.
However, he said care must be taken that these projects “comply with company policy on gig work, and do not violate customer contracts or affect the company’s capacity.” ’employee to be effective in their full-time job at Infosys’.
During the second quarter earnings briefing, Parekh said the company did not support duplication.
“We do not support duplication…if we found…in the past, employees doing egregious work at two specific companies where there is a confidentiality issue, we let go of them in the last 12 months “, said Parekh. had said.
The issue of moonlighting became a hot topic of discussion after Rishad Premji flagged the issue.
(With UNI inputs)