HDFC Life has sacked 13 employees of the company in Kerala for protesting against the newly introduced biometric policy without assigning any reason for terminating the services. The New Generation Bank and Insurance Staff Association (NGBISA-CITU) which had protested against the biometric policy has now decided to besiege all the branches of HDFC Life in Kerala from Tuesday onwards.
Sumesh Padman, General Secretary, NGBISA-CITU said that 13 employees were terminated after office hours on Friday (13 April) evening through email stating that the company had lost confidence in them. The terminated employees were not allowed to report for duty the next day and their attendance were blocked from the system, he added. Even an employee not part of the agitation was also sacked.
NGBISA-CITU warned that unless the HDFC Life management desists from such anti-labor policies, the union will be forced to intensify their agitation. An emergency meeting of CITU leaders was addressed by K Chandran Pillai (former MP) and CITU All India General Secretary and KN Gopinath, State Secretary.
It may be recalled that Corporate Ethos had reported last week on the discontent among HDFC Life employees for introducing biometric system for field sales operations. Sales managers and assistant sales managers had to incur the expenses to buy the biometric machine costing Rs 3600 which was to be used to record thumb impression of clients after signing up a policy document. The NGBISA CITU members had gheraoed senior management officials at the regional office in protest against the decision last week.
The NGBISA CITU office bearers said that it was unfair to make the employees bear the cost as top officials were given laptops and tabs costing upto Rs 70,000 free of cost. Sumesh Padman said that the life insurance industry has to remain sustainable for the benefit of both employees and all stake holders but the association was only against the anti-labor policies of the companies. It has already intervened in the Bajaj Allianz case where employees are unhappy over lower wages and other working conditions and talks are on under the mediation of Labor officials.
(Photo: K Chandran Pillai, All India General Secretary, CITU addresssing an emergency meeting to intensify agitation against HDFC Life Management in Kerala)