AUSGRID’S $6 PER HOUR OFFSHORE JOBS
CONTRACTOR TCS ACCUSED OF VISA RORTS, WAGE THEFT & DISCRIMINATION ACROSS FOUR CONTINENTS
Indian workers set to take over up to 35 skilled Ausgrid jobs will be paid around $6 per hour.
An ETU investigation reveals Ausgrid’s contractor Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) faces allegations of wage theft, visa rorts, mass sackings and discrimination in Australia, North America, the UK and India.
Ausgrid is part-owned by Australian Super and IFM Investors, a consortium of industry superannuation funds.
Here is some background on the giant Indian company now in bed with Ausgrid:
AUSTRALIA: TCS ACCUSED OF RORTING 457 VISAS
One of India's largest IT companies has been accused of misusing 457 visas to bring foreign workers into Australia.
Employees of TCS say the company relies on foreign workers, even in areas where there are no skills shortages.
"I was never asked to advertise for any Australians when developers were required," one worker said. "We just contacted the local area manager and he would send a developer on the next plane from Mumbai."
US: TCS PAYS US$29.75 MILLION IN WAGE THEFT CLASS ACTION
Tata Consultancy Services agreed to pay $29.75 million to settle a class-action law suit in the United States.
Former employees had accused TCS in 2006 of forcing all non-U.S.-citizen workers to sign over their U.S. federal and state tax refund cheques to the company. Tata also deducted their Indian wages from their compensation, the suit alleged.
US: TCS ACCUSED OF DISCRIMINATING AGAINST LOCALS
The lawsuit claims the India-based Tata has a "grossly disproportionate workforce," with 95 percent of the 14,000 Tata U.S. workers to be South Asian or of South Asia descent.
Plaintiff Steven Heldt, who worked almost two years at Tata, blames the discrimination on the extensive hiring of H-1B workers – foreign nationals who are hired on a visa (equivalent to Australian 457).
US/INDIA: TCS ACCUSED OF EXPLOITATION, UNDERPAYMENT, INTIMIDATION
Global giants Tata Consultancy Services made workers sign restrictive employment agreements before they leave India for the US, according to interviews and company documents.
Kaushik says Tata contracted him out to work 14-hour days without overtime pay as a computer programmer for Carnival Cruise Lines in South Florida.
“I worked from 9am to 11pm almost every night and never got paid overtime,” Kaushik said. “I thought, ‘Why am I working with this company?’”.
US: TCS FINED US$940 MILION FOR RIPPING OFF TRADE SECRETS & SOFTWARE
A US grand jury has slapped Tata Consultancy Service with a US$940 million fine in a trade secret lawsuit filed against them.
Epic Systems had accused TCS of “brazenly stealing trade secrets, confidential information, documents and data”.
CANADA: TCS ACCUSED OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST LOCALS IN FAVOUR OF CHEAP LABOUR
A former TCS manager said the company rarely hires skilled, experienced Canadians.
"I wanted to hire Canadians, but I was told no," said the former manager. "I had to hire Indian people [as temporary foreign workers], and they didn’t have the skills."
UK: TCS ACCUSED OF VISA RORTS AND MASSIVE UNDERPAYMENTS
Major union GMB alleged that TCS was "in breach of immigration rules by paying workers as little as 10,000 British pound per annum, when Home Office rules require a minimum yearly wage of 24,800 British pound”.
INDIA: IT WORKERS AFRAID TO JOIN UNIONS
There is a fear among the employees to join a union and displease the management.
INDIA: IT WORKERS AND UNIONS FIGHT MASS SACKINGS BY TCS
13 disputes over forced resignations and layoffs at IT organizations have been moved to the labor courts after failed mediation attempts by state labor authorities.