A senior HR executive at IBM, Tim Ringo, head of IBM human capital management, told Personnel Today that the plan would see workers re-hired as sub contractors and crown sourcin also used.
But IBM has strongly denied these claims.
A statement from the IT giant said: "The comments are without merit. This was pure speculation about future job movements without any basis in fact. In fact, the comments run counter to IBM's history of growing its global workforce over each the last eight years."
The words smoke, fire, without no spring to mind.
When I first heard what the IBM executive had said I was amazed. I have been speaking to several suppliers recently and they tell me of the importance of workers. HCL even has a strategy known as Employees first, customers second.