Re: Offshoring: San Jose Mercury News article

Subject: Re: Offshoring: San Jose Mercury News article
From: eric -dot- dunn -at- ca -dot- transport -dot- bombardier -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2003 11:20:54 -0500

"Kaiser Vice President Mary Henderson acknowledged the company has transferred
about 200 information-technology jobs to Indian companies, paying between $25
and $30 an hour instead of $80 to $100 an hour in the United States."

Wow. $25 to $30 US per hour is an acceptable wage here in Canada. So much for
the arguments of exploiting third world workers.

My retort to the article is the same as I've stated before on list. Why do
Silicon Valley workers have any need to complain no matter where their jobs
get moved to? Compared to India or Wisconsin they're too expensive.

At least one interviewee seemed to grasp the reality of the situation: "It
does make me think, maybe I need to develop some other skills.''

That's the answer. If your work has become commoditised, develop new skills
that aren't. Unions and legislation aren't going to save you. Just look to
the steel industry to see the future of a union and legislation protected
technology industry.

Eric L. Dunn
Senior Technical Writer



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