Hyderabad: The High Court of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh here on Thursday admitted a second writ petition moved by retrenched employees of Tech Mahindra seeking a direction to their reinstatement by the Joint Commissioner of Labour’s Office. Justice A Rajashekar Reddy admitted the petition which was filed against the Labour Department and the Joint Commissioner of Labour, while also petitioning Tech Mahindra.
This is the second such petition filed. Senior counsel A Satyaprasad appeared for petitioners, Raghava Reddy and Ravi Dharmavarapu. He argued that the authorities were abdicating their duties and requested the court to take cognizance of the same, Y Kiran Chandra, Founder Member, Forum of IT Professionals, said in a press release here.
IT professionals from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, who formed the Forum of IT Professionals (ForIT), had earlier given a call to file petitions at the Labour Commissoner’s Office, in case of harassment by the management to resign. Over the last few months, more than 2,000 employees have approached the Labour Commissioner’s office and the Development Commissioner’s Office, Special Economic Zone.
According to the Shops and Establishment Act, 1988, no employee can be terminated while their petition is pending with the Labour Commissioner. While the intent of law is to provide a just system, providing an equal footing to an employee and powerful institutions like IT corporations, a delay in implementing the law is gross injustice, the Forum said, saying the Labour Commissioner’s Office had not yet implemented the law thoroughly.
The Forum also expressed its happiness with the massive response from IT professionals in the fight for justice and also of the fact that the High Court had taken cognizance of the retrenchments happening in the IT industry, Chandra said.