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Re: British IT workers want Indians to go home

Please help make the Manifesto better, or accept it, and propagate it!


No work is debasing.
As for Indians short selling themselves - hey let the
individual decide. What do you mean that it gives a
bad word to the community, my brain, my work is mine
to hell with the community.

--- NavinK@Gafri.com wrote:
> Please help make the Manifesto better, or accept it,
> and propagate it!
> IPI_Marker
> Why do we Indians short-sell ourselves? This kind of
> working (for meagre
> wages) debases the image of the community as a
> whole.
> NKB Kadambi
> British IT workers want Indians to go home
>  <<...OLE_Obj...>>
> 6:45:06 PM ]
> <<...OLE_Obj...>>
> LONDON: "Indians, go home" is the mutinous cry from
> scores of unemployed
> British infotech workers as the computer chips
> appear finally and suddenly -
> to go down for brainy techno-specialists from the
> sub-continent.
> Two years after Britain and Germany created
> elaborate green card-style visa
> schemes to welcome them in, Indian IT specialists
> stand accused of offering
> cut-price work deals that unfairly put wellqualified
> natives out of work.
> "We're not afraid of competition, but we will
> complain about unfair
> competition, which is what is coming from Silicon
> India Incorporated,"
> argues Philip Ross, an unemployed computer
> specialist who conducted a survey
> on Britain's unwanted Indian guest workers for the
> 14,000-member
> Professional Contractors Group, the UK's largest
> trade body for the
> knowledge economy.
> Ross, who claims that Indians are implicated in most
> of the 50 retrenchment
> cases investigated by his organisation so far, told
> this The Times of India,
> "we're not Little Englanders but Britain's skills
> shortage has been hyped up
> and we're not as badly off as we thought we were".
> The message is loud and clear: Indians go home and
> stay home.
> Analysts say it is a seductive sob story and one
> that will increasingly be
> heard across a recessionary Europe, with its
> lengthening dole queues and
> monotonously regular retrenchment announcements.
> But it strikes a jarring note. Britain-based Indian
> workers say they are
> appalled at the unfairness of it all. "It's not
> true, there is a lot we
> offer that they can't do," says Rajat Ray, head of
> marketing at Wipro
> Systems in the English city of Reading.
> Adds E Raghavan, from Hyderabad, "I can honestly say
> the work I do is
> superior to what an Englishman would".
> So is the honeymoon really over, just months after
> Britain proudly announced
> it had granted 11,474 fast-track work permits to
> Indians in the year till
> April 2001.
> Perhaps. British minister Lord Rooker has responded
> encouragingly to the
> allegations against Indians, promising to examine
> the evidence and take
> action if required.
> The government is now studying a dossier, given it
> by the PCG, which
> originally co-ordinated with ministers to identify
> IT jobs needing overseas
> assistance from countries like India. The dossier,
> says Ross grimly, is
> complete and persuasive, with full names and case
> studies.
> Several British IT workers, who request anonymity,
> say the Indians are not
> only doing the same jobs but undercutting prices as
> well to stay ahead of
> the competition.
> Ross explains the fears as partly brought on by the
> hardsell of "Silicon
> India's government, which offers tax breaks to IT
> exports and services". He
> says the Indians are able to charge less because
> they stay in Britain for
> just an initial tax-free six months and are further
> helped by paying no tax
> back home in India.
> In effect, the PCG's 14,000 members are lobbying for
> Britain's fast-track,
> quota-free visa system for Indian IT wallahs to be
> slowed and made stricter.
> Till recently, British ministers were regularly
> touring Bangalore and
> inviting Indians to fly the flag for Britain's
> aspirational knowledge
> economy empire.
> Indians are "wealth creators" one minister had
> raved. Another offered an
> 'innovators' scheme" for India's ideas men.
> But the marathon lovefest is souring with the fuss
> about mobile Indian
> anoraks, peddling clever computer programmes and
> reduced-fee solutions.

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