Wipro becomes the first Indian IT company to allow employee union in Europe

Bengaluru: wipro It has become the first Indian IT services company to allow its employees to form unions in Europe. The company has reached an agreement with employee representatives to set up the European Works Council (EWC) following a request from employees in 2019. The move encourages employees to engage in constructive debate on issues that affect them.
The EWC agreement was negotiated with employee representatives from 13 countries, including Germany, the Netherlands, France, Sweden and Finland. The EWC was made within the regulatory requirement of three years from the date of receipt of the request. Wipro has over 30,000 employees in Europe and Metro, Telefónica Germany and ABB are some of its major customers.
Wipro told TOI that the EWC will be led by elected or appointed employee representatives from the EU (European Union) and EEA (European Economic Area), in line with existing national law and practice.
The chair sponsorship will be held by Wipro’s CEO for Europe and a team of regional business heads, CHRO Europe, head of employee relations and nominated leaders from legal and finance. “The main objective of the EWC is to build an inclusive and continuous working relationship with the employee representatives of all countries, to share and deliberate on matters of international interest and to enlist the voice of the people. It is a progressive arrangement, which maintains the best European standards and working practices,” Wipro told TOI.
Following the appointment of members as per local regulations, the first constitutional meeting will be held in the first quarter of FY 2024, where the EWC will elect its chairperson and members of the selection committee and begin its work to ensure that Wipro employees are informed and empowered. be consulted. Management on the progress of the business and any important decisions that may affect them.
There have been attempts in the past by European employee unions to negotiate with Wipro for better wages. For example, last year, Wipro employees who were part of financial services association ,FSU) and working for Allied Irish Bank (AIB) voted in favor of wage revision between the union and the IT firm.
Wipro’s announcement on the EWC comes at a time when it spent Rs 136 crore in restructuring charges to address inefficiencies in Europe in the September quarter. The company did not elaborate on the details of the disabilities.

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