More American jobs to foreign
countries - IBM this time ...
by Mike Crane
Immediately following the 2004 elections the press in India was
very excited. They reported on the ten million (10,000,000) plus
phone calls they made for the Republican National Committee and Bush
Campaigns. One article even pointed out how they were "laughing" at
Americans (See: India claims big election victory and laughs at Americans).
For the doubting Thomases:
"Indian techies and software
honchos were seen laughing all the way to the vote banks they so
assiduously helped to create for George W Bush Jr’s win.
Desperate to preserve and enhance the P/Es of their off-shore
outfits, they knew just what would happen if democracy triumphed
in the US in the form of the Democrats: ... "
He retained the services of Noida-based
HCL eServe (the BPO arm of India-based HCL Technologies.) Its
operators thereafter spent quality time, calling up American
citizens to support GWB Jr for President and to also contribute
to the Republicans. "
"That is how more than 10 million
registered Republican voters were contacted, and well in excess
of $10 million raised: all thanks to Noida and Gurgaon!"
But the most import nugget of information from the India times
"So it is also clear that the new
Bush Administration will be pro-active on the issue of visas. As
Vivek Paul, Wipro VC, said after the Presidential poll, "The
elections are over and so is the rhetoric; it will be easier for
American corporations to step out with their outsourcing plans."
Well they were certainly correct in the case of IBM. IBM is
certainly stepping out with their outsourcing plans with not only
reductions here in our country, additions of jobs in India but with
major investments in facilities in India.
Of course we are told that this is good for us! That is why
the India press reports that companies in India are "laughing" at
Americans! They think that it is "funny" that 14,000 Americans lose
their jobs, that IBM makes large investments in facilities in India
and that they were able to "fool" the American public:
"Incidentally, no one in the US
had any idea of where the calls were from as they had foreign
accents: that was ensured by the advanced voice recognition and
automation technology used."
Well the bill will be paid for by American citizens. 14,000
Families will be disrupted, many will draw unemployment. Many will
lose health care coverage. Our trade deficit will increase. Tax
revenues from lost employment will decrease.
But we are being told that this is good for us!
Here in Georgia we even have tax payer dollars being used to
send American jobs to India. Strangely one of the major contracts
during the Perdue Administration is also with HCL eServe (the BPO
arm of India-based HCL Technologies.). See: Your Tax Dollars At Work...Offshore for more information.
Section I Georgia Department of Revenue
Georgia Department of Revenue
HCL Technologies; $638,000
In May 2003 HCL Technologies was awarded a $638,000
contract to "obtain an integrated solution to the development of
a web-based statewide case tracking system to assist in
suspected fraud investigations." State officials say they don't
where the work is being performed.
Republican Governor Sonny Perdue, Republican National
Committee and Republican President George Bush all seem to be quite
cozy with HCL and are very quick to use your money (as either tax
dollars or campaign contributions) to send jobs to India.
Of even more interest to Georgians should be the status SB-12.
Introduced last year to simply prohibit "future" State of Georgia
tax paid call centers from being sent to India or other foreign
countries, it has languished in committee without public hearings.
In other words in the Republican controlled State Senate it just
been killed in committee (See: Legislative Agenda - SB12 Prohibit tax paid outsourcing).
It should come as no surprise to any one that American
Companies such as IBM are sending American jobs to foreign countries
at an ever increasing rate. They are just doing the same thing that
our elected officials are doing.
Our goal is to present to you - the citizens of Georgia the
opportunity to know how your candidates in next years election stand
on this issues. We have started sending letters to announced
candidates (See: Who supports using your tax dollars to send American jobs to India
...you will know in November 2006) and will post all
replies or lack of a reply. Use the link at Stay Informed to consider the several ways we offer for you to receive this
information - if this issue is one that you are concerned about.
You have a right to know so that you can make an informed
decision at the ballot box! In the meantime if you get a Republican
solicitation phone call you might want to ask where the call is
IBM Accelerates Hiring in India
Seattle - According to internal documents, IBM has plans to
hire more than 14,000 new employees in its Indian based
operations. An expansion that closely matches the number of
announced job cuts from its U.S. and European operations.
The document titled "India 2002 to 2005," shows a rapid
increase of hiring in India. In 2002, it shows 6,070 employees
and 24,150 employees by 2004. Then it jumps to 38,196
employees by 2005.
The document goes onto describe the "growth drivers" for the
expansion. It lists areas of the company such as Application
Management Services and Global Delivery Center. It also
mentions its acquisition of Daksh which is an Indian based
To contact the CEO of IBM to protest the increase in
offshoring, visit http://www.unionvoice.org/campaign/IBM
To view the internal slide: http://www.washtech.org/news/documents/india/
If you are concerned about this issue, we ask that you
ask, "Why a Southern Party …?"