Our old chum Jay Dowling just emailed me with a link to an article in Information Week (IBM Offers To Move Laid Off Workers To India) saying: "Max, this is so wrong!"
The gist of the story is that IBM is offering to help worker's that have been laid off from American locations to relocate (including assistance with travel, visas, and so forth) to other countries like India, China, and Brazil where IBM has openings. The catch is that the folks who take this offer will be paid the local ways, which could be "pennies on the dollar".
Not surprisingly, some folks are up in arms about this. For example, one reader commented:
So bring H1-B visa people into the US and send the US workers to India for pennies on the dollar is the answer? Are you kidding me?
On the other side of the fence, the article quotes an IBM spokesman as saying that the program is: "...more of a vehicle for people who want to expand their life experience by working somewhere else [...] a lot of people want to work in India."
Hmmm... as I said before, this is something that I for one certainly didn't see coming...
2009 New Year Resolution (Goal: Walk 1000 miles at ~3 miles a day)
[A=Actual, C=Current, P=Plan-to-Date, R=Remaining, T=Total]
|Days:|| T=365, C=34, R=331|
|Miles:|| T=1000, P=102.00, A=122.39, Δ=+20.39, R=877.61|
|Note:|| It's soooo cold today... will I or won't I?|
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