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[February 21, 2013]

Indian IT sector to remain unaffected by Central trade unions' strike [Software & Services] [Times of India]

(Times of India Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) While the two-day strike called by central trade unions on February 20 and 21 could impact many sectors, including manufacturing and banking, information technology firms say it will be mostly business as usual for them.

Replying to an email query, Infosys spokeswomen said the strike called by trade unions would have minimal impact on business and they would operate as usual at most of their development centres.

The company will, however, arrange for alternative transportation facilities for the employees. "We foresee disruptions in transport arrangements for employees in Bangalore and Mysore. While we are working towards providing our employees alternative transport arrangements in Bangalore, we have decided to declare a holiday at our Mysore Development Centre on February 20, 2013." Similarly, other firms IT firms like HP, Accenture, iGate, Mphasis, Google, Microsoft and IBM are expecting a normal business day, with minimal disruptions.

Apart from arranging for alternative transportation facilities, IT firms have put the emergency management team on high alert to gauge any mishap and ensure employee safety. "Our crisis management teams are on high-alert and have the plans in place for business continuity," said iGate. "We do not see any considerable impact to our business operations, as only public transport services are likely to be impacted." However, a few firms like Mindtree are declaring a holiday only on Wednesday. Others like Intel and Mahindra Satyam are offering work from home facility to non-critical resources.

The two-day strike starting tomorrow has been called up by 11 trade unions, including the All India United Trade Union Centre (AIUTUC), Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), All India Trade union Congress (INTUC), All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS).

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