On conference call, two officials say the firm needs
to shift white-collar jobs to stay competitive.
July 22, 2003: 6:42 AM EDT
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two senior officials at IBM, the
world's largest computer maker, said the company needs
to speed its efforts to move white-collar jobs to
India and elsewhere overseas, according to a published
In a recording of a conference call given to the New
York Times by a labor union, top employee-relations
executives said IBM needed to make the same moves its competitors have made to save money by shifting service jobs away from the United States.
The Times article cited Forrester Research as
estimating 450,000 U.S. computer industry jobs could
be transferred overseas in the next 12 years,
representing 8 percent of U.S. computer jobs.
IBM executives on the March conference call worried
that broader unionization could arise as the trend
strengthens, the paper reported.
"Governments are going to find that they're fairly
limited as to what they can do, so unionizing becomes
an attractive option," said IBM (IBM: Research,
Estimates) director for global employee relations Tom
Lynch on the recording.
"You can see some of the fairly appealing arguments
they're making as to why employees need to do some
things like organizing to help fight this."
The Seattle-based Washington Alliance of Technology
Workers gave the recording, which was on an internal
company Web site, to the newspaper after getting it
from a company employee who was upset about its
content, according to the Times.
I don't mean to start a furore here but I know atleast one contractor, he has his own firm, here who has had a taste of the "differences in work ethics" when he(he's of indian origin BTW)tried getting lots of jobs for several clients here thru outsourcing etc.
There are lots of qualified professionals here(in holland) who are sitting home/jobless. And that's pretty bad.
I mean this whole recession thing has some real ugly things happening.
I'm a JOLE(JavaOracleLinuxEnthusiast)
--- Everything was meant to be---
It's called the Global Market Place - communications, of all sorts, mean that the "Western Elite" is now in competition with people earning 20% of their salaries, and some of them are just as good, some aren't. (and some are OCP's)