NIFT Hyderabad: 56 workers terminated after complaining sexual harassment, reinstated

  • | Thursday | 20th June, 2019

The NIFT withdrew its earlier decision to terminate the services of the housekeeping workers.

56 women housekeeping staff of National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) in Hyderabad who were sacked allegedly after they complained of sexual harassment by an employee were reinstated to work.

On Tuesday, the Hyderabad centre of the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) has reportedly asked 56 women housekeeping staffers to leave after they levelled allegations of sexual harassment against an employee. Some reports say the accused works at the institute as a stenographer.

The NIFT withdrew its earlier decision to terminate the services of the housekeeping workers.

Following criticism from different quarters for sacking the workers for protesting over the alleged sexual harassment, NIFT Hyderabad restored the contract with a manpower agency employing them. All the housekeeping workers were asked to resume work from Thursday.

However, as the contract is ending by June end, the management has reportedly asked the manpower agency to recruit new employees in place of the existing ones.

One of the women leading the protest against sexual harassment alleged that the management was trying to silence them by driving them out. She said they would continue the protest till stenographer D Srinivas Reddy was punished.

Srinivas Reddy allegedly subjected four female workers to sexual harassment. One of the victims had lodged a complaint with the committee that deals with sexual harassment complaints in July last year.

The victim had also lodged a complaint with the police in October. The police registered a case but took no action as it suspected that some women made false allegations after they were pulled up for their poor performance.

With the internal committee`s report not being made public and police also not taking action, a section of housekeeping workers on Monday staged a protest at Madhapur police station.

The same day, NIFT terminated the services of all outsourced workers by ending the contract with the manpower agency.

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