Monday, May 09, 2005

Sweet Sweatshop Gig

I just heard on the radio news that some California IT company is out-sourcing its labour to cheaper sources off-shore. Nothing new there, right? The twist is that they will have these South Asian IT guys floating in a boat just off the coast of California. This way they don't have to deal with pesky American worker visas, yet the labour pool is kept close enough to minimize transportation costs for the company execs and trainers.

The guy they interviewed said something along the lines of, "It's not a bad situation for them at all - they get to work on a luxury cruise boat. For a plugged in, young IT person, this is what is known as a 'sweet gig'." For sure! If you're into that whole sweatshop thing. They closed the story with a quick footnote about how these guys will be working 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, for 4 months at a time. Sweeeeeet.


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