|Issue No 122||07 December 2001|
Corporate Giant Sponsored IT to India Report
A contentious federal government report calling on Australia firms to export their IT jobs to India was sponsored by multinational giant BHP-Biliton sponsored.
The report, that has drawn fire from workers representatives in Australia, appears on the Department of Foreign Affairs website with a link to BHP-Biliton, credited as the corporate sponsor.
It advocates India as a labour supply for IT work - citing its English-speaking workforce and reduced labour costs as key inducements to relocate there.
It has been condemned by unions and the IT Workers Alliance, while the NSW Government has already rejected its findings.
ITWA spokesman Michael Gadiel says people who have recently lost their jobs in the tech wreck would be appalled to learn the government is encouraging firms to export their work to India.
"The driver appears to be in cutting costs for business rather than looking at the broader national interest," Gadiel says.
The Australian Services Union's Martin Foley says multinational call centres don't need any encouragement to go shopping the world for cheaper labour and reduced costs.
"What we need is a competitive edge for Australian call centres based around our people, our infrastructure and our education system. The last thing we need is our own government taking up the call to export jobs," Foley says.
"Mr Downer should immediately retract and start a campaign to bring call centres to Australia. In the post-September 11 world there exist real opportunities for a stable, well educated and booming call centre workforce like ours."
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