They Respond Only When The Public Shows Its Muscle

They Respond Only When The Public Shows Its Muscle

In the latest chapter of the fiasco the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) created by importing Temporary Foreign Workers, the RBC placed full-page ads in many newspapers all across Canada. The purpose of the ad (“An Open Letter To Canadians”) was to calm the public which has voiced its outrage at RBC for its efforts to replace Canadian IT workers with workers from India. RBC has not admitted how much money Canadians, in their anger, have moved out of RBC to other financial institutions. But in placing the ads, RBC has demonstrated its fear of the power that the  public can assert when it rises up to disapprove of them or any other group.

Here are a few more observations :

1. The public has told Royal Bank CEO Gordon Nixon and all other Canadian employers that they think the practice of In-sourcing (importing foreign workers to fill Canadian jobs) is wrong. To the public, companies like the Royal Bank which have made huge profits in Canada ($7.5 Billion in 2012) have a moral obligation to employ Canadians. As other cases such as the hiring of Mainland Chinese Temporary Foreign Workers by Mainland Chinese-owned coal mines in British Columbia have shown, employers have twisted government regulations in order to import Temporary Foreign Workers. Thousands of companies (Tim Horton’s is another shameful example) have in-sourced low-wage workers. RBC CEO Gordon Nixon has apologized to his displaced IT workers for being “insensitive” and told them they will get “comparable job opportunities within the bank”. The best apology he could have made to them was to re-hire them in their former jobs and to send a Labour Contractor predator like iGATE packing. But he has not done that. The public knows that iGATE was the hitman, but  RBC paid the hitman and is just as guilty. Instead of admitting that RBC planned all along to in-source—as long as it could get away with doing it— Nixon has twisted this situation and said that it is really a case of out-sourcing, that is, it is a case of work being transferred to a low-wage country like India.

2. If RBC is deluded enough to think this is OK, the public has also told RBC CEO Gordon Nixon that out-sourcing is just as wrong. In other words, if a company is swimming in profits which it has made off Canadians, it  again has a moral obligation to employ Canadians. Moreover, it should not be making excuses such as the standard one that it needs to cut costs in order to remain competitive. To the public, RBC’s huge profits show that it  can easily bear the costs of employing Canadian workers. And when the public sees CEO Gordon Nixon state in his letter that the bank is “reviewing our supplier arrangements and policies”, they suspect Nixon and his cohorts are waiting for the dust to settle. At that time, they will return to the same-old tactics which brought RBC to import Temporary Foreign Workers in the first place.To prevent this, Ottawa has to shake a big stick in their faces. RBC’s defenders claim that out-sourcing is OK because other businesses have done the same thing. But CEO Nixon and his defenders have to be reminded that those tactics have been a disaster for the Western World. Out-sourcing has caused the de-industrialization of the Western world and the re-location of millions of jobs in low-wage countries such as India and China. China, in particular, is using the massive profits it has made by helping the West to commit suicide, to re-colonize much of the world. Yes, rampant, mindless consumerism by the public has got to end, but so does greed-motivated, ill-considered out-sourcing.

3. Many in the public are now seeing that unnecessary regular immigration of close to 6 million people since 1991 has probably caused as much or more damage than that done by both in-sourcing Temporary Foreign Workers and out-sourcing jobs. Although recent polls say that a significant number of Canadians do not want high immigration, and although many want Canada’s immigration levels reduced, many Canadians remain unaware of what is really happening on the immigration front or have been so intimidated about the immigration issue that they do not speak out. To help them commit suicide, media such as our CBC are currently running senseless ads for so-called “Cultural Diversity In The Workplace”. Does this mean that our CBC will soon be interviewing RBC’s Temporary Foreign Workers from India as an example of what our CBC calls “Cultural Diversity In The Workplace”? Like almost everything the CBC has done on the immigration issue, this current effort is mindless immigration industry propaganda and completely ignores the damage done to Canadians by greed-motivated, under-handed employers. Like RBC, the CBC is an arrogant slow-learner and will respond only to muscle. 

4. The mainstream public continues to be betrayed not just by its CBC, but by its political leaders. The job prospects for both unemployed Aboriginals and mainstream Canadians remain grim. Although the federal government has promised to review Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker program and other parties have spoken out against RBC and other employer actions, not a single MP has spoken out against the regular immigration madness. Furthermore, the federal government has not promised to end a provision which allows employers to pay Temporary Foreign Workers 15% less that the wage paid to Canadians. This provision has probably encouraged employers to use the TFW program and should be terminated. Furthermore, no MP’s have spoken out against Canada’s so-called Employment Equity program for visible minorities which gives  preference in getting a job to visible minority immigrants (whom Canada never needed) —all at the expense of mainstream Canadians and a major on-going injustice.