October 3, 2022

Bengaluru: Life has come full circle for Nawaz (title 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 as a result of 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 last 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 fully 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 undergo big losses. “I do not know what to do subsequent,” Nawaz stated.

Based on the Karnataka State IT/ITeS Workers Union (KITU), a minimum of 20,000 software program engineers misplaced their jobs in Bengaluru. “We’re combating the case of 47 IT staff 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.

Based on her, many IT giants in Bengaluru retrenched IT professionals in bulk final yr through 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 staff went on rampage over wage associated points.

Wistron was shut since then and reopened solely just 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 in the beginning of March.

The pattern was not restricted to the non-public sector alone. Workers of the state highway 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 staff. The strike had introduced the town to its knees and compelled the federal government to give you an assurance that their calls for can be met.

AITUC state common secretary D A Vijay Bhaskar stated within the garment sector about two lakh staff, 3.5 lakh within the industrial sector, particularly within the vehicle sector, and about 3 lakh development staff engaged on contract with main builders misplaced their jobs as a result of COVID induced lockdown.

“There’s a big variety of individuals from unorganised sector who too have been rendered jobless within the final one yr.” “Many corporations are giving half wage even at the moment to their staff as they may not get well financially,” Bhaskar stated.

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