The information technology sector employs 3.9 million people in India. Yet India’s IT sector is being criticized for its ‘under-preparedness’ for technological change and increased global uncertainty. As a result, reports suggest up to 200,000 jobs a year could be cut over the next 3 to 4 years to reduce costs. Concerned IT professionals have responded by forming unions such as KITU (Karnataka State IT Employees Union) and FITE (Forum for IT Employees). 

The unionization of the sector aims to mobilize workers to put pressure on IT companies and the government regarding the dismissal of employees. However, trade unions express concerns that despite workers’ legal rights to join a union or challenge redundancy decisions, many do not because of fears about job security and employment opportunities. In addition, companies have shifted away from permanent employment, focusing on contract workers who have less security and ability to organize.

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