There is something stinky in the the WTO trade agreements. Very Stinky.
The United States is trading away American jobs. This isn't by proxy, this is literally trading away American jobs to be done by foreign guest workers.
You've probably never even heard about it. There is this little something called GATS, mode 4 under WTO trade rules. What is GATS mode 4 you ask? Well, click on the link where I overview it. In a nutshell the WTO thinks it's a grand idea to trade education and services. Services means people. Yup, trading people.
You may have heard a few buzz words about the Doha round, how some trade talks collapsed, a few phrases about subsidies, farmers, corn and wheat, but I doubt you heard this! Of course not for it was reported only in the India press: WTO talks: US makes key offer on temporary visas .
When it comes to the temporary entry of business professionals, we signaled that we are ready to have that conversation in the context of the Doha Round,? US Trade Representative Susan Schwab told reporters last Saturday
So, wala, one person from the administration just gave the WTO sovereignty over US immigration policy, but more importantly is more than willing to trade away our jobs.
I want to show you something amazing. This is how India looks at our jobs.
Currently, IT companies rely on H1B visas for deploying Indian workers for on site jobs
Do you see this? This is a brazen admission corporations are using guest workers instead of American workers for jobs in the United States. I have a funny feeling if this was happening to Indians in India, somehow it wouldn't be considered a grand idea. Yet, going unchallenged, India believes it is their right to displace US workers in favor of Indian labor....in the United States! That workers (people) are something to be swapped out, simply for a cost advantage.
Beware! For with jobs which require years of education, learning and obtainment of expertise...also goes the industry itself. People are not empty vessels, the jobs go, the entire market sector is soon to follow.
The agenda becomes more apparent when referring to our Presidential Elections, Nasscom chairman Ganesh Natarajan observes:
It will not (impact the industry). I am just coming from DC (Washington) and the feeling there is that this will be resolved in the new administration
(NASSCOM is the India Tech business association, analogous to the United States Chamber of Commerce).
So, regardless of who wins the election, India and it's business interests are guaranteed to get our jobs? Well frankly from position statements of both candidates and both parties, unfortunately he's probably correct.
An even more ominous message from NASSCOM Chairman Natarajan:
There will be rhetoric during elections but it (outsourcing) has become a part of life in the US
No, I'm sorry, last I heard outsourcing US jobs is one of the things most Americans are outraged about. Outsourcing is your way of life Natarajan, not most Americans. In fact it is more ruining our way of life by repressing wages, cutting short careers and enabling a global labor oversupply in a domestic market.
Ah, look at this complaint:
Professional visas would have allowed free movement of people. Today, if you have to send someone from India to the US to understand a client’s need or any other work, you have to wait for months
So here we are with a clear objective to get our jobs and use them for technology transfer offshore.
Does anyone honestly believe this is an immigration issue. No, it clearly is not, this is a jobs issue, a wage arbitrage agenda and market sector capture of services by....India.
Ok, now even further proof:
Wipro has also begun localising its US operations by recruiting more Americans. Nandy said that was one of many ways for Wipro to protect itself from being hit by the restrictive visa rules
Are you seeing this? If it were not for restrictions on guest worker Visas these companies would be not hiring US citizens!
Folks, I do not believe that US workers are a commodity to be traded, that our jobs being traded has anything to do with trade policy in the national interest or working America's economic interests.
So, thank God WTO Doha round collapsed. In the words of Public Citizen:
Victory for Small Farmers, Workers, Civil Society And Developing Nations as WTO Expansion Bid Is Again Defeated in Geneva