An inside look at some RBC’s IT consultant’s lives within the “slavish culture of Foreign work”!

Posted: April 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

The IT consultant that RBC uses for it’s worker replacement program,  when they “outsource” Canadian jobs, IGate, has some skeletons of their own in their closets.

Both the RBC, which is now “apologizing” for their hiring/firing practices and their IT consultant IGate share a nasty culture of ruining people’s lives when they commit to working for these companies!

Here’s an example of how the Indian work force is treated that come over to Canada to replace Canadian workers.

I thought slavery was outlawed.

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Two former iGATE employees who worked in RBC for years says their employer barred them from making a permanent life in Canada.

Two former iGATE employees who worked in RBC for years says their employer barred them from making a permanent life in Canada. (CBC)

Two IT contractors from India who worked at RBC in Toronto said their lives were tightly controlled by their multinational employer, while they took over the jobs of Canadian bank workers.

“They have a rotation policy, and they make sure you don’t get settled here,” said one of the ex-iGATE employees. “You are always threatened that at any time you will be sent back [to India].”

The men, who now have permanent resident status in Canada and new jobs, spoke to the CBC’s Go Public under the condition they would not be identified. Go Public first broke the story Saturday of dozens of employees at RBC who were losing their jobs to temporary foreign workers.

iGATE's operations are mainly in India. The company billed RBC more than $100 million for services in 2012.

iGATE’s operations are mainly in India. The company billed RBC more than $100 million for services in 2012. (iGATE/YouTube)

The men said they were among a group of approximately 200 Indian nationals shuttled back and forth between Canada and India, while doing work for Canada’s largest bank between 2008 and 2012.

“That threat is always there, so in a way you will not be able to even concentrate on your work.”

One of the workers said, at one point, he and his family were forced to get on a plane to India with little notice, right after his wife had given birth.

“That manager was very blunt and rude, he didn’t even give me much time to explain,” he said.

The workers said Canadian bank employees lost their jobs in the process and they felt badly about that.

Didn’t come to take jobs

“We used to hear about people getting sacked. We as persons didn’t come to snatch anybody’s job,” said one of the men. “I can put myself in their shoes. It is like someone coming into your home and taking over.”

They both said their employer brought them to Canada under the controversial Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

iGATE told Go Public it rotates its “global workforce” through Canada using that program and another type of work visa called intra company transfers, which it can do as it has Canadian sales offices.

“I was travelling with my family,” said one of the men, whose two children were born in Canada. “It was a dream to come here.”

However, several immigration lawyers told Go Public it is against federal rules for foreign workers to come in en masse and take Canadian jobs, no matter what type of visa they have.

“There are legions of Canadians qualified, willing and available for work if they knew the jobs existed. There’s something that needs to be dramatically overhauled here nationally,” said Richard Kurland, an immigration lawyer from Vancouver.

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