Tech workers boycott IBM, Infosys and Manpower

Three US tech worker groups have called for a boycott of IBM, Infosys and Manpower, saying the outfits discourage US workers from applying for US IT jobs and doctor employment ads so that only foreigners can apply.

Bright Future Jobs, the Programmers Guild and WashTech have said it was time that companies look first for US workers to fill US IT jobs,

Donna Conroy, director of Bright Future Jobs, said the boycott aims to attract attention to the problem and put pressure on the IT staffing firms to change their practices.

Conroy claimed that a Manpower subsidiary has advertised for Indian IT workers to come to the US for openings anticipated more than a year in advance.

The advertisements in India are being placed even though “most Americans believe the nature of the tech industry is so fast-paced that staffing projections cannot be predicted a year a head.

Les French, president of WashTech said the boycott should also raise concerns about staffing firms violating equal employment laws.

Infosys has denied it avoids recruiting US IT workers. It said that it is recruiting for over 440 active openings across 20 states in the US.

The company’s external job posts give “everyone an equal opportunity to apply,” she added. The company supports several minority advocacy groups, she said.