Monday, September 22, 2008

Oz bank staff refuse to train Indians

MELBOURNE: Upset at losing their jobs due to offshoring, IT workers in the St George Bank in Australia have refused to train their Indian replacements. The employees of the bank were warned in September that they would lose their jobs and were told last Tuesday they would assist training new staff through a "buddy system", a TV channel reported Friday. The bank has told 80 of its workers that their jobs will be moved to India. "It was sickening that the bank was expecting them to do so," employees of the bank said.


Around 60 employees further said that they didn’t have any problem with their replacements but were upset with the bank. One of the employees claimed that St. George Bank did not help find them other work. Meanwhile, on Thursday, Qantas defended its decision to sack 340 of its IT workers, and move the jobs offshore. Qantas Chairman Margaret Jackson's told shareholders at the company's Annual General Meeting, that they had to sack the workers in order to remain competitive. The Australian Services Union said the move would put passengers' security at risk, as IT deals with sensitive passenger and passport information.

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