Re: Slave Labor/Indian Menance

Subject: Re: Slave Labor/Indian Menance
From: Geetha Raghavan <geetha123 -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 28 Jun 2002 11:09:21 -0700 (PDT)


Reading posts about TWs who show their incompetence
during the hiring process, how can anyone on this list
claim that higher wages mean better skill? It just
means the cost of living is higher in areas with
higher wages. I think that it true within the US
itself. You can get a good starter home in some areas
of Texas for $300,000. I cannot say that about Silicon
Valley, CA. It does not necessarily follow that people
in TX are less skilled than their CA counterparts.

I do accept that manuals written in English should
require writers to be skilled in English (even if
their first language is not English). I accept this is
corporate myopia but there are highly skilled workers
in other parts of the world who are working for
"cheaper labor" by American standards. By Indian
standards these are very good wages that provide a
comfortable home and a good middle class lifestyle for
these employees.

If all the arguments for "slave labor" were true,then
a person working in the US for lower wages, compared
to the other parts of the country where wages are
higher, is a slave laborer.

Please see an earlier post below.

Geetha Raghavan
Technical Writing Consultant
Silicon Valley, CA

>But:
>I had a purported TW say that they wished they had
>written it.
>I had another say it was beneath her dignity to take
>such a test.
>Another found a single comma infraction and a few
>spelling errors.
>Another put the paper down and told me that he would
>not work under that
>kind of pressure.

>One charming guy looked me straight in the eye and
>told me that his
>portfolio was all that should concern me. I asked him
>if one of the manuals
>was all his own work, and he said it was.
>Unfortunately for him, the manual had been written by
>an acquaintance of mine
>who (like me) has a habit of inserting her signature
>in the manual as a kind
>of "easter egg". When I pointed it out to him, he
>confessed to having
>rewritten it. I called my friend to check it out and
>she told me that he had
>never worked on the project. I almost hired him for
>his incredible
>chutzpah, but I came to my senses and sent him down
to >interview in Sales &
>Marketing.


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