Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Desempleo, xenofobia y personal calificado

Hello again! Is there anybody in there?

I had seriously considered shutting this down, as evidenced by my nil posts for almost three months straight. Everyone and their grandmother was writing up the elections, lack of enthusiasm, I wanted to write about food like everybody else, take your pick.

But anyway, I keep sending out long and ranting emails to selected friends (lucky them, haha) about shit I run across. About Carlos Slim and the NYTimes, or Chuck Grassley suggesting Microsoft fire them furriners first.

So I decided to post one of them, as suggested by Ben. My comments are in Spanish although the quotes are in English, sorry to say, and I'm not inclined to change it right now. Sorry, it is what it is.

So without further ado, the first post of 2009!

Desempleo, xenofobia y personal calificado

En todos lados se cuecen habas, jaja.

Ahora que Microsoft correrá a 5 mil empleados (de los 95 mil que tienen y como dice Palmira, pues es una nada para ellos), el senador republicano Chuck Grassley vio la oportunidad de pedir que se corran a los extranjeros primero.

"I am concerned that Microsoft will be retaining foreign guest workers rather than similarly qualified American employees when it implements its layoff plan."


El H. señor Grassley no solamente mandó la carta al CEO Steve Ballmer, nooo, él la puso en su propio website. Más de sus perlas de sabiduría:

"My point is that during a layoff, companies should not be retaining H-1B or other work visa program employees over qualified American workers (...) Our immigration policy is not intended to harm the American workforce. ... Microsoft has a moral obligation to protect these American workers by putting them first during these difficult economic times."


Un blog del Seattle times sacó an abogado experto estas cosas, Cletus Weber, que informó que es discriminación! (por lo tanto ilegal) correr a los trabajadores con visa H-1B primero:

"I believe arbitrarily laying off lawfully employed foreign workers first would subject these companies to potential legal liability under federal anti-discrimination laws.

"Perhaps Senator Grassley forgot that Google and innumerable other large and small American companies that were founded by foreign workers have created tens of thousands of jobs for U.S. citizens. It is laudable for Senator Grassley to champion the cause of the American worker, but his calling for blatantly discriminatory layoffs is anti-competitive scapegoating, and in many ways removes some of the innovation that created large numbers of American jobs in the first place."


Tal vez vieron la nota del 20 acerca de la falta de personal calificado en NL (Denuncia Caintra falta de técnicos o algo así).

Aunque el desempleo está muy alto tanto aquí como allá, hay empresas tecnológicas que se mueeeeren por encontrar personal. Pero personal técnico bien, no licenciasnos, jajaja.

El misísimo Bill Gates ha declarado ante el Congreso sobre la necesidad de expandir el programa H-1B para que puedan contratar a extranjeros porque simplemente no hay suficientes estadounidenses con la educación y experiencia laboral que ellos necesitan para crear maravillas como el Windows Vista. Ya en serio, sí es un problema real, CrapVista nonwithstanding.

No pueden los gobiernos crear algún programa para capacitar a los desempleados en esto que necesitan las empresas? No es ese el trabajo de las universidades? Porqué diablos estudie comunicación y finanzas en vez de ingeniería, jaja. Apuesto que en Alemania no tienen esos problemas.

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