No night shifts for women in IT firms says legislature panel
There should be no night shifts for women working in Information and Bio-Technology companies, a legislature panel in Karnataka has said. It cited security, safety and privacy needs as the reasons for discontinuing the night shifts for women in IT-BT companies.
The legislature committee on women and child welfare headed by N A Harris said that women in IT-BT companies must be allocated day or afternoon jobs. Men should be made to work in the night shifts and companies must prefer this, he also said.
The recommendations were made on the basis on the interactions the committee held during its visits to several IT-BT firms in Bengaluru. The recommendations are contrary to what the state government had decided last year. It had removed restrictions and allowed women to work in night shifts. The government had amended the Shops and Commercial Establishments Act, 1961 and the Factories Act 1948 to allow women to work in night shifts.