Re: More on Technical Writing in India

Subject: Re: More on Technical Writing in India
From: eric -dot- dunn -at- ca -dot- transport -dot- bombardier -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2003 15:27:49 -0500

"Chuck Martin" <cm -at- writeforyou -dot- com> wrote on 11/07/2003 02:48:39 PM:
> In thinking about this topic, I find it just as unnerving
> what companies do within the country's borders,
> such as pulling up stakes and moving to
> locales in government bidding wars. Look what happened
> when GM started
> Saturn. And just a couple of years ago, Seattle lost Boeing.

Well, I've always argued that local content rules in government contracts are
just a currently acceptable form of protectionism that adversely effect the area
in the long term. While a relocation due to a big government contract boosts
local employment, the types of jobs that are created often evaporate very
quickly never to return once the contract ends. The workers are then left with
skills that are no longer needed locally. Worse still, the installation may have
attracted others to the area which means MORE people are unemployed in the area
after the end of the contract than before.

Government bidding wars (Saturn, Boeing) are a joke as well. As the goodies are
a one time incentive, they don't necessarily keep the company there long term.
Even worse, the added burden these goodies add to all taxpayers creates
incentive for skilled workers and currently installed companies to seek greener

> What does concern me about offshoring--and should concern
> companies who decide to undertake it--is the lack of
> security and privacy laws in faraway locales.

Now THAT'S an issue that should be discussed and investigated in more depth.

Eric L. Dunn
Senior Technical Writer



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