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HCL America denies US labour board allegation that it is shipping jobs to Poland


Mumbai: HCL America, the US subsidiary of India’s third largest IT providers agency HCL Technologies, has denied delivery off jobs at shopper Google to Poland.

HCL America is a contractor for Google in Pittsburgh and delivers expertise providers for the web large.

Final week, the National Labour Relations Board (NLRB) sought a response by October 19 from HCL America on complaints that it was violating US labour legal guidelines.

The US federal company stated the corporate had been transferring work to non-union workers in a facility in Poland and refusing to discount with a HCL employees’ union, underneath which 80 workers have organised themselves.

HCL America has shut to twenty,000 workers in america, in accordance with the corporate.

“The allegations are with out benefit … We’re an equal alternative employer. We take the considerations of our Pittsburgh-based workers critically. We need to reassure our employees within the US and worldwide that we’re dedicated to their skilled development, together with offering honest compensation,” a spokesperson for HCL Applied sciences advised ET in an e-mail late on Monday.

No work has moved to Poland from Pittsburgh, the spokesperson stated, including that it was a worldwide firm which employed repeatedly internationally.

Google didn’t reply to ET’s queries until press time Tuesday.

The NLRB had licensed the union because the “unique collective-bargaining consultant” of the unit/workers in October 2019 as per US labour legal guidelines, after a lot of the workers voted to unionise final 12 months. A listening to within the case is predicted to start in February subsequent 12 months.

NLRB has alleged that HCL America “transferred bargaining unit (union) work to non-unit workers”, including that the subsidiary was additionally “discriminating” in hiring and, thereby, “discouraging membership in a labor group” in violation of labour legal guidelines.

Joshua Borden, a technical analyst at HCL America who can also be on the union’s negotiating committee, accused the corporate of shifting jobs to Poland in the course of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

“That is clearly a case of shifting jobs in another country, one thing they’re doing proper within the midst of a pandemic….The Krakow workplace has groups that work on precisely the identical initiatives that we within the Pittsburgh workplace work on, and we collaborate every day. They’re sadly not capable of be a part of our union, and the corporate is profiting from that truth to try to bust our union,” Borden advised ET.

Ben Gwin, a knowledge analyst at HCL America for Google and an lively union member, stated the union “solely desires to barter a good contract.”

The unionization of this HCL unit was considered as a big growth within the expertise trade final 12 months, because it was the primary time that white collar employees contracted for a big expertise large like Google had come collectively.

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