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Stop anti-outsourcing drive: Telecom union leader

Union leaders are being warned that it is futile to try stopping the flow of jobs to cheap labour markets like India.
PTI | By Nabanita Sircar, London
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2004 08:46 PM IST

Despite the continuous campaign against offshoring jobs to countries like India, union leaders are being warned that it is futile to try stopping the flow of jobs to cheap labour markets like India.

Adrian Askew, leader of the telecom union Connect, said: "British jobs for British workers is an attractive slogan. It can rally the troops and hit the headlines but union leaders who respond with calls for protectionism are risking their credibility in the debate."

His comments have been severely criticised by a rival union on Sunday. Dave Flemming of Amicus said his union's research showed 15,000 UK jobs had been exported since October. He added: "I can't believe a union leader is willing to throw in the towel so easily."

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