Are companies guaranteed SEZ benefit & is it the only way to promote industry?

Are companies guaranteed SEZ benefit & is it the only way to promote industry. If a trade unions ask it is considered demand, if companies threaten blackmail it is considered growth! Is their Logic?

http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/sez-infy-kolkata-campus-deadlock-continues-113033000178_1.html

SEZ: Infy Kolkata campus deadlock continues

Infosys had paid Rs 75 cr for the 50-acre plot in Rajarhat but was yet to start work on it as it awaits for the SEZ nod from the state government

There seems to be no near-term solution to the Infosys’ Rajarhat campus puzzle over the special economic zone (SEZ) status. S Gopalakrishnan,  executive co-chairman at Infosys, said he would come back and discuss the issue with state government on whether any alternative option could be reached at, but no timeline for it.

Infosys had paid Rs 75 crore for the 50-acre plot in Rajarhat but was yet to start work on it as it awaits for the nod from the state government, a demand ruled out bysupremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. TMC considers SEZs against the party’s ideologies.

When an area is notified as an SEZ, for the first five years, businesses have to pay no tax on income. For the next five years, they have to pay half the tax on income. Even labour laws are different.

“We will come and discuss the issue with state government. I am hopeful about the project but not very much. Based on the availability of the minister, based on our own people’s availability we will come and discuss,” Gopalakrishnan said at the sidelines of CII’s annual regional meeting here today.

Infosys has been planning to set up a campus in Bengal since 2004, but faced problems first with the price of land, and then with the Vedic Village land debacle in 2009. In November 2010, the company approached the then Left Front government. On November 24, 2010, Infosys was allocated 50 acres in Rajarhat within hours of the government receiving request for land. The campus is expected to create 15,000 jobs.

Gopalakrishnan said the is growing at rate of around 10 per cent so there is no need for immediate expansion. “We also need to remember that the industry is going through a period of slow growth so the pressure (to expand) is also not there,” he added.

Partha Chatterjee, the state industries minister, who was also present,said, “They have some business issue while we have some issues related to our ideologies so we need to sit and try and reach an alternative.”

Gopalakrishnan added, “We have to be competitive, other companies are already enjoying SEZ benefit. Every government; every political party has its policy, has its platform. We respect that. Having said that, it is important that they promote industry. This is a case where it is taking time and that is why we will come back and discuss this.”

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Indian Trade unions protest against dilution of labour laws.

http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/trade-unions-mulling-strike-against-amendment-to-labour-laws-115050400677_1.html

Trade unions mulling strike against amendment to labour laws
 * Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi *
*May 4, 2015* Last Updated at 18:22 IST

Trade unions are planning to launch a nationwide protest and even go on
strike to protest against the NDA government's recent moves to amend
various labour laws for improving ease of doing business and boosting 'Make
in India' programme.

The central trade unions will take a decision to launch a strong protest
against the government for alleged moves to dilute labour laws during their
convention on May 26.

"We (central unions) will launch a nationwide protest against government's
move to dilute labour laws and will decide to go on strike to protest
against it in the convention on May 26," BJP-backed trade union Bharatiya
Mazdoor Sangh's General Secretary Vrijesh Upadhyay told PTI.

He said: "We have written numerous letters to government and expressed our
reservations against many anti-worker amendments during consultations on
various bills to amend existing labour laws. But they are not mending their
way."

He also informed that the central trade unions will also discuss their
10-point agenda which includes demands like government steps to deal with
issues like price rise, unemployment, universal social security cover for
workers and disinvestment of public sector undertakings.

Besides BMS, the central trade unions which would participate in the
convention include Indian National Trade Union Congress, All India Trade
Union Congress, Hind Mazdoor Sabha, Centre of Indian Trade Unions, All
India United Trade Union Centre, All India Central Council of Trade Unions,
Trade Union Coordination Committee (TUCC), United Trade Union Congress
(UTUC), Self-Employed Women's Association of India (SEWA) and Labour
Progressive Federation (LPF).

Echoing similar views, All India Trade Union Congress Secretary D L Sachdev
said, "The government's desperation to please corporates is evident as they
are rushing through bills like Industrial Relations Code, Small Factories
and Employees' Provident Fund in the name of ease of doing business and
boosting 'Make in India' programme."

Citing an example he said: "Among other labour laws, the government wants
to bring new law for small factories which are employing less than 40
workers. This bill is an attempt to dilute the social security net and
curtail workers' basic rights available under the existing legal
framework."

He said that the main purpose of the Small Factories Bill is to keep 70-80
per cent workforce out of the existing labour laws which provides some
rights to them.

According to Small Factories bill, units employing less than 40 workers
would be out of the purview of 14 labour laws including EPF & MP Act 1951,
ESI Act 1948 and Industrial Dispute Act 1947.

Similarly, they are combining three labour laws -- Industrial Dispute Act,
Trade Union Act and Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Act 1946 --
into one Industrial Relations Code.

The code proposes to make it tougher to form unions and allows retrenchment
without government permission to firms employing 300 workers. Presently,
firms with 100 workers have to seek permission of government before
retrenchment.

Hind Mazdoor Sabha Secretary A D Nagpal also expressed reservations against
these amendments, saying they are anti-worker.

IBM SLIDING NUMBERS

SLIDING NUMBERS: Ginni Rometty-led IBM has reported a 12% fall to $19.6 billion in Q1 revenue as the technology company continues to shed unprofitable businesses to focus on cloudcomputing initiatives. IBM’s revenue has been shrinking for three years now. Net income fell slightly to $2.3 billion

May Day Greetings!

This may day  Trade Unions in Nepal marked the May Day as `Day of Mourning’ and candles were lighted in the heart of Kathmandu in memory and also as an expression of solidarity with families of workers Killed, injured and displaced. Earlier in the day – the Unions distributed relief material in the affected areas.

Our Solidarity to them!

Federation of UNITES formed in 2014 as National Confederation of UNITES (NCU).

UNITES is registered in 6 states we are recognised as National Federation & know as National Confederation of UNITES (NCU).

The National Confederation of UNITES (NCU) founding conference was held in Hyderabad on 30th November 2014 in a glittering function. The historic occasion of founding a Federation for IT & ITES workers in India was commemorated by the release of Special Cover By India Post in the august presence of Hon. Minister of Labour & Employment, Government of India  ShriBandaruDattatreya & Bro.Christopher Ng, Regional Secretary, UNI APRO.

The delegates, observers and guests lined up for this occasion in great strength. All the six founding affiliates from six states of India- Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamilnadu, Kerala & Maharashtra had sent their delegates for the Founding Conference of National Confederation of UNITES.

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IBM Global Union Alliance

IBM employee organization that is dedicated to preserving and improving our rights and benefits at IBM. We also strive towards restoring management’s respect for the individual and the value we bring to the company as employees. Our mission is to make our voice heard with IBM management, shareholders, government and the media. While our ultimate goal is collective bargaining rights with IBM, we will build our union now and challenge IBM on the many issues facing employees from off-shoring and job security to working conditions and company policy.

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Cranes Software: No pay since March 2009

A small success we are on front page of Sunday express please find the article and pass it any one known to you in IT/ITES sector.

http://expressbuzz.com/cities/bangalore/cranes-software-no-pay-since-march-2009/204090.html

Cranes Software: No pay since March 2009

Jayadevan PK & Imran Khan Express News ServiceFirst Published : 05 Sep
2010 03:57:21 AM ISTLast Updated : 05 Sep 2010 01:31:22 PM IST

BANGALORE: Cranes Software, a Bangalore-based software product company which was suspended from trading at the National Stock Exchange (NSE) from September 3, has not paid salaries and other dues to about 100 employees, according to a group of ex-employees who are contemplating legal action against the company. The exact number of employees who have not been
paid could not be ascertained.

While an official spokesperson did not respond to an e-mail sent by Express on Friday, during a previous meeting with Express in October 2009, the company’s managing director, Asif Khader, had admitted to facing a “temporary cash crunch”.

However, the company declared a profit of `4.78 crore (Q2 of 2009) while the salaries were still unpaid. In Q3 2009, the company registered a loss. “Many employees have already left the company,” an employee claimed. In 2008, before recession hit the company, the headcount was about 1,100. Industry sources told Express that the company has shed over half its staff now.

The company’s stock was still trading on Friday at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). The company’s stock was suspended from trading at the NSE due to non-filing of financial results. Khader had admitted that the last few quarters have been challenging for Cranes as a result of the global recession, which squeezed cash flow and affected exports. “The company lost significant revenue because The MathWorks Inc, the parent company of MATLAB, decided to set up its own operations in India,” he said.

According to data collected by an ex-Cranes employee (a copy of which is available with the Express), salaries and other benefits like Sodexo coupons, leave encashment and bonus have not been paid from as back as March 2009. The ex-employees, in collaboration with Unites Professionals — a Bangalore-based union of software professionals — are contemplating legal action.

In an earlier e-mail sent to the HR department of the company, the employees had complained that the cheques issued to them had bounced. Karthik Shekhar, general secretary, Unites Professionals India, said, “About 20 of the affected employees met at the Unites office on Saturday to chart out a future course of action, including sending petitions to some Ministers.”

courtesy: Indian Express