Re: Like long hours?

Subject: Re: Like long hours?
From: eric -dot- dunn -at- ca -dot- transport -dot- bombardier -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 7 Aug 2002 15:53:45 -0400

>>b) the employer is similarly "trapped" in its current
>>location (thereby being able to select among only a limited
>>segment of the global labor pool), having chosen to make a
>>bunch of investments and trade-offs that got the employer
>>into its current predicament.

Is this really true? Corporations can open up a branch in many parts of the
world and then engage the labour there with little extra cost. If the company
decides to move, many countries, states, and provinces will fight to see who can
offer the most attractive package to the company to incite them to move.

Labour on the other hand is saddled with many hurdles when searching for new
employment. Besides the cost of relocation it's not only countries that limit
access by requiring visas or other immigration and work laws. It is difficult to
move between provinces in Canada because provinces limit access to schools,
health care, and unemployment based on residency requirements.

Even when free trade law ostensibly makes working cross border easy for certain
professionals, it's often smoke and mirrors. The hoops that can be required of a
Canadian trainer wishing to fulfill a contract with an American company can be
daunting even if the Free-Trade accord says it's a simple matter requiring a
single visa.

Eric L. Dunn

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