Cyber Crime Adds Weight to Union Calls for Government Action Over Offshoring
By Ciaran Naidoo
Date: February 10, 2004
London (ots) - Amid revelations surrounding cyber crime amongst
British financial services firms in India. Amicus tell a Trade and
Industry select committee inquiry today 10/02/2004 that the DTI needs
to urgently investigate the impact offshoring will have on UK
employees and consumers.
Deloitte predictions that 200 000 financial services jobs could be offshored by 2008 have sent alarm bells ringing for staff working in the financial services.
News of staff in Indian call centres being bribed by organised crime and industrial spies to help them gain access to the computer systems of British firms will now send alarm bells ringing for consumers of financial services products.
David Fleming National Secretary says
"It is becoming more and more apparent that offshoring is a murky business which will have dire consequences for UK employees and consumers. These revelations add further weight to our demands to the Government to hold a full inquiry into the offshoring phenomenon"
Unions and MEPs are also launching a campaign today to get the European Parliament to support a European wide plan to address the offshoring of hundreds of thousands of jobs out of member states boundaries.
The move comes on the same day as Westminster Trade and Industry Select Committee investigates offshoring. Campaigners will ask MEPs in Strasbourg to sign a Written Declaration supporting plans to deal with offshoring. The Declaration calls on the Commission to produce a report on the business case for and against offshoring^; to debate the issue in the parliament^; and to co-ordinate member states response to technological change as part of a pan European industrial policy.
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