With the recent move of Ted Strickland, governor of the state of Ohio, to ban offshore outsourcing, people can only wonder if he has just pulled off the pin from a massive grenade that will trigger a cataclysmic event that threatens offshore companies worldwide. Is this the witch hunt of the 21st century? What does it mean for locals in South Asia whose very own living depends on outsourced work opportunities?
There were telltale signs that will make offshore outsourcing as hot as the planet Mercury, where debates won’t simply fade away as legislations are passed to stop work from being sent to developing countries. This act of protectionism is innate in every living species, to protect your own kind, and humans are no exception to the rule. Who can really blame Strickland for putting down the lynch on offshore outsourcing?
” Outsourcing jobs does not reflect Ohio values, ” the Governor said in a press release and with the US unemployment rate hitting a record high, this move might have been one of the best option in an effort to revive a stricken economy. A legislation on the increase of H-1B visa has also been passed by the US Congress and countries like Canada has already put a stopper at its immigration doors.
Is outsourcing to blame for the loss of jobs of many? Media may be to blame for this biased question, causing a mass hysteria founded in half-truths. Bear in mind that offshore outsourcing has helped struggling entrepreneurs rise as new business innovators in a tough time where Wall Street has faced major relapses from big time players. It is not fair to point fingers without considering the pros and cons of a good idea gone bad. Perhaps, an international council must be called to address the issue and truly define what fair trade in this flat world is all about.
The only question needs to be answered is.. ” Why do businesses outsource jobs these days? “