[Linux-aus] Boycott HP
leon at cyberknights.com.au
Wed Sep 3 15:24:02 UTC 2003
On Wed, 3 Sep 2003 14:19, Gary Allpike wrote:
> In my small, deranged mind, this equates not only to exploitation of
> third world countries, but something that should have the average
> Australian questioning if they want to do business with a company
> that is flat out trying to toss their local employees onto the
> unemployment scrapheap.
The exploitation of 3rd world countries is arguable, but it's sadly
amusing to see some companies declaring India "too expensive" and
moving on to even cheaper labour pools. Cheap labour is not a limitless
One side-effect of enriching the 3rd world will be a reduction in
birthrate (affluence does that).
One has to wonder about legal complications. If an HP support staffer in
Delhi makes a statement with legal implications, have they officially
committed HP Australia, or HP India, or nobody?
One also has to wonder how long before we start outsourcing C[EFI]Os,
salesmen, accountants, political staffers and other corporata to India.
I think if you were able to get an article into a large-circulation
paper seriously discussing the virtues of having an Indian PHB that
costs 1/10 as much as the current one you might get some serious
attention (maybe a blip in hospital admissions for myocardial
infarction?). I strongly suspect that the people making these decisions
are totally disconnected from the reality of unemployment, and bringing
the battle closer to them is the only way to crack the armour around
their personal universes.
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