NEW YORK, Dec 14 (Reuters) – International Business Machines Corp. will move the work of as many of 4,730 U.S. software programmers to India, China and elsewhere, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.
The unannounced plan, which the newspaper said it viewed in company documents, would replace thousands of workers at IBM facilities in Southbury, Connecticut, Poughkeepsie in New York, Raleigh, North Carolina, Dallas, Boulder, and elsewhere in the United States.
So much for American businesses keeping Americans employed. I just cannot believe the sheer stupidity in all of this outsourcing. Yeah, sure there are good coders in other countries…and absolutely, those workers will work for pennies an hour…but don’t companies understand that if Americans don’t have jobs, we don’t buy product…and they don’t pay outsourcers enough to buy the product…so where do sales come from if nobody has any money except the corporate executives?
In the last 3 years, I’ve watched as hundreds of thousands of jobs have been lost to HB1 visa holders and offshore job shops…and it shows no signs of getting better. I have no idea what to do about it. We don’t have the money or the power to fight the corporate lobbyists who bribe Congress to give offshore tax breaks to corporations who take jobs away from Americans. IT workers are screwed…royally, totally, absolutely screwed.
You know, every couple of years or so, I think “Oh, fuck it, I’m just going to go get my law degree and join the forces of Eviltm.”, but I can usually talk myself out of it. I’m seriously thinking about it again…except going to specialize in international trade law and privacy acts…and just go ream the pajamas off these companies that are shipping all of our private data over to countries with no privacy laws.
For example…India has no privacy laws where it regards personal information like social security numbers, credit histories, and all the other info that can be used to steal your identity. One worker recently held a national health organization for ransom, threatening to publish all of the medical data, including credit and health records of the client’s consumer base unless they gave her a large sum of money. And they paid her off…because what she did wasn’t illegal in India.
Don’t you feel safe knowing that most credit card companies, health companies and banks are now processing all of your information in a country where it’s legal to steal that information and do anything they want with it? In their quest for more million dollar bonuses, corporations are willing to bankrupt the American people. Although, I suppose that’s not really news…is it?