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Employment groups call for a boycott of IBM, Infosys and Manpower

Wanted ads want non-US applications, worker advocates not keen
Wed Jun 04 2014, 16:32

THREE WORKER ADVOCACY GROUPS have called for a boycott of technology and recruitment firms IBM, Infosys and Manpower, saying that they exclude US workers during their hiring processes.

Bright Future Jobs, Programmers Guild and Washtech say that the firms have no intention of hiring outside of markets with low labour costs throughout 2015, and are asking workers to resist taking roles at those firms.

Collectively the groups accuse Manpower of looking to put non-US workers in US-based roles exclusively. A report released to coincide with the boycott said that Manpower began filling roles seven months ago, and added that the jobs will not start for at least another five months.

"Most Americans believe the nature of the tech industry is so fast-paced that staffing projections cannot be adequately foreseen. However, these Manpower ads illustrate that US tech employers determine labor needs [one to one-and-a-half] years ahead," said Donna Conroy, director of Bright Future Jobs.

"This gives them plenty of time to seek Americans first. This boycott, combined with educating technical professionals on Equal Opportunity and other employment laws, will force the industry to change their ways."

Both Infosys and IBM are accused of offering US-based roles to non US citizens, according to the groups, and both have been fined by the authorities.

Infosys told The INQUIRER that accusations that it excludes US technology workers are baseless.

"It is incorrect to allude that we exclude or discourage US workers. Today, we are recruiting for over 440 active openings across 20 states in the US. These include 300 openings for professional hires and about 140 openings targeting local, recent MBA graduates to bolster our Sales and Management Consulting teams," Infosys said.

"The graduate hiring programme is a key investment to strengthen our future leadership pool. This programme will see us investing in an extensive training and leadership-mentoring programme to groom these young MBAs to have strong, rewarding careers with us."

The firm went further, saying that it is committed to attracting the best talent regardless of where it comes from.

"Attracting the best and brightest talent is paramount to Infosys success," it added perhaps unnecessarily. "We are committed to creating a work environment where every employee feels included, valued and respected. We are an equal opportunity employer and hire from the local market in line with our business needs."

IBM and Manpower have yet to respond to our request for comment on the matter.

The workers' rights groups will dispute this though, and Kim Berry, president of the Programmer's Guild, suggested that US workers deserve the first crack at opportunities.

"US workers should have the first shot at US jobs," said Berry. "Companies hide these discriminatory practices with false accusations of a talent shortage. The only shortage in the tech industry is fair and ethical recruiting and hiring." µ


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