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Re: British IT workers want Indians to go home



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IPI_Marker

Hi Navin,
        If Indians stay unemployed in India or work in India for even
less salary enhance the image of Indians?
Regards,
Ashish K Hanwadikar
--- NavinK@Gafri.com wrote:
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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
> 
> RASHMEE Z AHMED
>  <<...OLE_Obj...>>
> TIMES NEWS NETWORK [ FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2002 6:45:06 PM ]
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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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