InvestorQ : Are the IT employee unions justified in objecting to the IT companies objecting to the moonlighting business by employees?
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Are the IT employee unions justified in objecting to the IT companies objecting to the moonlighting business by employees?

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Arti Chavan answered.
3 weeks ago
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There is an obscure IT employees union in Pune called NITES and this union has, for some strange reasons, objections to this mail sent out by Infosys to its employees against the Moonlighting practice. According to NITES, what IT employees do outside office hours is none of the employer’s business, which is a fairly stupid argument. Infosys pays hefty salaries to employees with generous bonuses and is entitled to expect employees to give their 100% loyalty. Obviously, you don’t take a fixed salary from one company and work for competition.

As the old saying goes, you cannot have the cake and eat it too and that is what moonlighting is all about. One way is for the IT employees to take the risk and become entrepreneurs. That is a risk, nobody wants to take. In that case, moonlighting is nothing short of two-timing employers after getting the full benefit of fixed salary from the company. During the work-from-home (WFH) phase this may have happened but that was more due to it being a Hobson’s choice.

It is inane that employees are expecting such practices to continue even after the pandemic. Obviously, you can legitimately expect to use your employer’s resources and client network and work for the benefit of competition. That is surely not something any business will and should tolerate. The IT industry must now come out openly and formulates strict rules against moonlighting. Employment is a contract to which both the employer and the employee are signatories. Moonlighting cannot be part of an employment contract.

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