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February 3, 2009

IBM WANTS TO OUTSOURCE WORKERS AS WELL AS WORK

Information Week - Under a program called Project Match, IBM will help workers laid off from domestic sites obtain travel and visa assistance for countries in which Big Blue has openings. Mostly that's developing markets like India, China, and Brazil.

"IBM has established Project Match to help you locate potential job opportunities in growth markets where your skills are in demand," IBM says in an internal notice on the initiative. "Should you accept a position in one of these countries, IBM offers financial assistance to offset moving costs, provides immigration support, such as visa assistance, and other support to help ease the transition of an international move."

The document states that the program is limited to "satisfactory performers who have been notified of separation from IBM U.S. or Canada and are willing to work on local terms and conditions." The latter indicates that workers will be paid according to prevailing norms in the countries to which they relocate. In many cases, that could be substantially less than what they earned in North America. . .

A spokesman for Alliance@IBM, a workers' group that's affiliated with the Communications Workers of America but which does not have official union status at IBM, slammed the program. "IBM is not only offshoring IBM U.S. jobs but they want employees to offshore themselves through Project Match," said the spokesman.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unbelievable. I worked for a large US bank that contracted IBM for outsourcing services (which cost me my job) and we used to joke about possibly having to move to India to find work.

Now it's coming true!

February 3, 2009 8:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We've done everything except Outsource Our Government which, if done, couldn't do much worse than Dubya et al in trying to undermind the fiscal and social stability of the U.S.

February 4, 2009 9:48 AM  
Blogger Lars said...

This is insanity. Expecting US citizens to immigrate for a job? What will be left in the US if such practices take hold?

February 4, 2009 4:00 PM  

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