It’s all about money, not relationships

Outsourcing jobs and values is contrary to what our students are being taught in school.

Outsourcing has grown a lot since Biblical times when “national expansion” used to be outsourced  and the soldiers were known as mercenaries.

In our lifetime, it started with catalogue sales. Then it was outsourcing highly specific jobs that you couldn’t get locally. And then data security. And then billing. Now it’s simply jobs and how you can get around the laws that protect employees.

Last week the Royal Bank of Canada showed us how it’s all about money now.

Every month we hear about rising unemployment figures, and four times a year we hear how the banks are making millions of dollars in profits. They should be the last ones dumping their employees for temporary imports.

When HD Mining tried to bring in a contingent of workers from China to work in Tumbler Ridge, they were hoping to base an entire mine on a cut-rate labour force.

Last week at the school district’s Community Conversation in Cache Creek, trustee Carmen Ranta told us it wa all about relationships. I listened to the many and interesting ways that the schools try to engage students in order to teach them the skills that employers look for these days.

RBC apologized for their gaffe since they were caught red handed in the press with the whole country watching.

Not surprisingly, the feds are unwilling to enforce their own legislation.

A group of BC union pension plans quickly sent a letter to RBC Financial Services in Vancouver, warning that they will withdraw over $1 billion in funds invested or managed by the firm if its parent company does not reverse its actions in using Temporary Foreign Workers to replace Canadians.

Think again if you think that this doesn’t affect us here. This affects your child’s job, the job or family members, friends and even friends of friends. The trend is that outsourcing is growing. How long will it be before our government is oursourced? Some say it is already.

If you don’t think it’s right, let them know. They’ll listen, but only if they know we’re watching.

Wendy Coomber is editor of the Ashcroft-Cache Creek Journal