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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/finance...US-workers.html

The senator, who represents the mid-Western state of Iowa, wrote to Microsoft chief executive Steve Balmer intimating that the company give priorities to US rather than foreign citizens when it comes to job allocation.

“Microsoft has a moral obligation to protect ... American workers by putting them first during these difficult economic times," reads the letter, which was sent to Mr Ballmer in the last week of January.

“Our immigration policy is not intended to harm the American workforce. ... Microsoft has a moral obligation to protect these American workers by putting them first during these difficult economic times,” his letter continues.

The Seattle-based software giant last month announced it was to undertake its first company-wide redundancy programme in its 34 history, reducing its workforce by around 5,000 jobs, equivalent to 5.5pc of its total headcount.

Of the 5,000 cuts, 1,400 came also immediately, of which the company last week said a significant number were foreign workers who are in the US on visas.

Senator Grassley is thought to have targeted Microsoft because founder Bill Gates has been particularly outspoken about the need for the US government to issue more H1-B visas, which allow foreign nationals with special skills to work in America.

The H1-B visa is a particularly popular way of bringing workers with skills in the IT sector – often from India and elsewhere in Asia – to the US, with Microsoft, IBM and Oracle all significant beneficiaries of the scheme.

But in spite of redundancy announcements across the technology sector in the last two months, including 500 at Oracle and 2800 at IBM, it is believed that Mr Grassley only sent the letter to Microsoft.

However Cletus Weber, co-founder of immigration law firm Peng & Weber told the Seattle Times that choosing whom to make redundant based on their nationality may break anti-discrimination laws.

“I believe arbitrarily laying off lawfully employed foreign workers first would subject these companies to potential legal liability under federal anti-discrimination laws,” said Mr Weber.

The protectionism ball appears to be rolling, can we expect racism to make a return as well?

How long before anti-semitism raises it's head again as all bankers are Jews aren't they?

The BNP must be licking there lips at all of this.

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Well, two can play the f..k you game

http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D95T3ADO0.htm

Pure coincidence of course.....

Microsoft delays plans for West Des Moines center

By MICHAEL J. CRUMB

Microsoft Corp. has delayed plans to build a $500 million data center in West Des Moines.

West Des Moines City Manager Jeff Pomerantz said he received a call from Microsoft on Friday morning, telling him that plans for the data center have been postponed.

Telephone messages left Friday for Microsoft officials weren't immediately returned, but the call to West Des Moines comes a day after the company said it would lay off workers for the first time in its 34-year history, cutting 5,000 jobs.

The company cited falling demand for personal computers in its decision to reduce its work force.

Pomerantz said that with the company's announced layoffs and the weakening economy, the delay of the West Des Moines center didn't come as a surprise.

"The good news is they've indicated it's been postponed and we have high hopes that the project will be constructed," Pomerantz said.

He said Microsoft didn't give him a timeline for when the project would continue.

"I didn't push them," he said. "I asked them for a timeline and they didn't give one so at this point we're going to wait to hear from Microsoft."

Initial preparation for the project had already begun.

The Iowa Department of Transportation Commission approved a state grant of $3.4 million in December to cover half the cost of road improvements to provide access to the site. The city will provide local matching funds.

Microsoft announced plans for the center in August after the Legislature approved tax incentives to lure the computer giant to the state.

The project calls for the creation of 75 high-paying technology jobs with an average salary of about $70,000.

A data center contains computers and related equipment to provide services to businesses and individual customers. It would handle millions of Microsoft online functions each month, such as Hotmail and Messenger instant messaging services.

The layoffs, which began with 1,400 on Thursday, will affect workers in research and development, marketing, sales, finance, legal and corporate affairs, human resources and information technology. Most of the cuts are expected at the company's headquarters in Redmond, Wash.

Microsoft, which was founded in 1975, employs 94,000 people overall.

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The protectionism ball appears to be rolling, can we expect racism to make a return as well?

Yes, most probably. Both protectionism and xenophobia are constantly just below the surface and are encouraged by certain interests. Visit any Con Club any day of the week if you don't believe me. Or any BNP meeting. In any case, you'll probably meet the same people, anyway.

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Yes, most probably. Both protectionism and xenophobia are constantly just below the surface and are encouraged by certain interests. Visit any Con Club any day of the week if you don't believe me. Or any BNP meeting. In any case, you'll probably meet the same people, anyway.

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Absolutely correct Pat, who would be so embarrassingly, crassly, xenophobically protectionist to declare that British jobs should be for British workers. How very dare he. :rolleyes:

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Yes, most probably. Both protectionism and xenophobia are constantly just below the surface and are encouraged by certain interests. Visit any Con Club any day of the week if you don't believe me. Or any BNP meeting. In any case, you'll probably meet the same people, anyway.

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Don't need to go near the Conservatives or the BNP, just pop into a New Labour cabinet meeting:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/155...says-Brown.html

Two senior Labour ministers called yesterday called for a national "Britain Day" to be created to promote pride in our country and prevent communities fracturing under the weight of unprecedented immigration.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7097837.stm

Gordon Brown's statement that he wants "British jobs for British workers" has created a political furore. Opponents have described it as meaningless, illegal under EU law, even racist.
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Don't need to go near the Conservatives or the BNP, just pop into a New Labour cabinet meeting:

You're a little selective with your quotes, Redalert. I thought that Gordon Brown had said that the government would be "drawing on the talents of all to create British jobs for British workers". Now, that sounds neither racist nor protectionist to me but wholly to do with the "drawing on the talents of all" to create work in this country. British workers would obviously benefit but only a fool would suggest that he was speaking of creating jobs in the UK that only Brits could apply for. It's not likely that Gordon Brown, of all people, wouldn't know that that sort of action would be illegal, don't you think?

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You're a little selective with your quotes, Redalert. I thought that Gordon Brown had said that the government would be "drawing on the talents of all to create British jobs for British workers". Now, that sounds neither racist nor protectionist to me but wholly to do with the "drawing on the talents of all" to create work in this country. British workers would obviously benefit but only a fool would suggest that he was speaking of creating jobs in the UK that only Brits could apply for. It's not likely that Gordon Brown, of all people, wouldn't know that that sort of action would be illegal, don't you think?

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and the award for orwell newspeak sophistry goes to patprimer.

as

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newspeak

"The underlying theory of Newspeak is that if something can't be said, then it can't be thought"

he did not say it because he could not think it....as the leader is infallible.

the inference (of an ungood thought/deliberately open to missinterpretation) is therefore in the readers(proles) mind.

the proles and the inner/outer party interpret things differently pat...

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You're a little selective with your quotes, Redalert. I thought that Gordon Brown had said that the government would be "drawing on the talents of all to create British jobs for British workers". Now, that sounds neither racist nor protectionist to me but wholly to do with the "drawing on the talents of all" to create work in this country. British workers would obviously benefit but only a fool would suggest that he was speaking of creating jobs in the UK that only Brits could apply for. It's not likely that Gordon Brown, of all people, wouldn't know that that sort of action would be illegal, don't you think?

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When Brown made that statement, he knew full well that the soundbite "British Jobs for British Workers" would get the headlines.

He also knew who would be pacified by such headlines.

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Steel and manufactured goods are next:

EU attacks 'Buy American' clause

The EU has increased its pressure on the US to reconsider the "Buy American" clause in the $800bn (£567bn) economic recovery package now before Congress.

The clause seeks to ensure that only US iron, steel and manufactured goods are used in projects funded by the bill.

A European Commission spokesman said it was the "worst possible signal".

Although if you look at it another way, it's not so much "protectionsism" as "not bringing in foreign workers and then paying Americans unemployment benefit".

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/finance...US-workers.html

The protectionism ball appears to be rolling, can we expect racism to make a return as well?

How long before anti-semitism raises it's head again as all bankers are Jews aren't they?

The BNP must be licking there lips at all of this.

That's a really asinine observation. For starters, the main part of the H1-B process is labour certification. A company has to demonstrate that it cannot find a suitable American for the job. H1-B has been completely abused by outsourcing companies, not to mention by the likes of Microsoft, who are still lobbying for more H1-B visas. It makes sense for the H1-B's to go first. Why should a country's citizens lose their jobs in favour of foreigners, if the original basis under which the foreigners were admitted was no longer valid?

And I say all this as an economic migrant from the UK->USA (I'm on an O1 Visa).

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