HDFC Life sales team in Kerala are upset over the new company policy which makes it mandatory for them to buy biometric devices as part of their field sales promotion activities. The biometric system is to be used by the sales manager or assistant manager to get the thumb impression after a client signs up for a policy.
The employees belonging to the New Generation Banking and Insurance Staff Association CITU, (NGBISA-CITU) has refused to incur the cost of Rs 3600 for buying the machine which they feel is quite unfair as senior managers are provided laptops valued at Rs 70,000 free of cost during the term in the company.
The HDFC Life Management has unilaterally blocked the attendance of sales managers and assistant sales managers who refused to buy and use the biometric system, according to Sumesh Padman, General Secretary, NGBISA-CITU.
The Left Union members gheraoed senior officials at the Ernakulam Regional Office of the company the other day in protest against the anti-labor policies adopted by the company recently.
With the blocking of attendance of the employees, they are in effect not eligible to get any salary for the period they have worked, according to Sumesh Padman. “It is equivalent to terminating them from service,” he added.
“We are not against introduction of any new technology for attendance and performance monitoring of employees. But it is unfair to make employees bear the cost of such devices,” Sumesh Padman said.
The senior officials Benoy Thomas, Zonal Manager, Sumesh Chathoth, Kerala Head and Regional Manager Bijo Mathew were blockaded by the employees union when they came to the regional office in Ravipuram, Ernakulam and they could leave the office only after police arrested the striking employees and leaders belonging to the association. The protest was inaugurated by Sumesh Padman, General Secretary along with Mary, State Secretary, P K Madhukuttan, Vice President, Shyam Padmanabhan, Treasurer, K P Abhilash, District Secretary, Jijo Antony, Convenor.
The association leaders threatened to intensify the agitation if the HDFC Life management persists with its anti-labor policies. The association has already taken up the case of bonus issue of the employees before the Labour Officials in Kochi and the disputes are yet to be settled.