Trade unions have seen this act as an acknowledgment of employee rights.
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Replying to a petition filed by Puthiya Jananayaga Thozhilalar Munnani, state labour secretary Kumar Jayant wrote: “IT company employees also are free to form trade unions and redress their grievances through evoking the provisions of the Industrial Disputes Act 1947. Any trade union with IT employees as its members can rise industrial disputes under section 2 (k) of the act and seek remedy.”
Any trade union with IT employees as its members can raise industrial disputes under Section 2(k) of the Act and seek remedy. The IT industry comes under Shops and Commercial Establishments Act.
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Last month, the Madras high court delivered a ruling maintaining that a person working in an Information Technology company can be termed as a “workman”, thus setting aside the dismissal of an employee stating that it was unlawful. Additional Labour Court Presiding Officer S Nambirajan also directed the firm to reinstate the petitioner with continuity of service and to pay full back wages and all other benefits from the date of dismissal to the date of reinstatement.
In another case, prominent trade unions recently rushed to offer their support to Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) workers who had lost their jobs.