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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!


Hi Navin,
        If Indians stay unemployed in India or work in India for even
less salary enhance the image of Indians?
Ashish K Hanwadikar
--- NavinK@Gafri.com wrote:
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> Please help make the Manifesto better, or accept it, and propagate
> it!
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> 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
> http://www.timesofindia.com/Articleshow.asp?art_id=1077576
> British IT workers want Indians to go home
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> 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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