Danish union claims Indian IT staff have to live like slaves and some IT firms try and get staff into UK under minimum wage

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I was sent a link to this interesting article on The Register by a reader.

It is all about CSC Denmark facing a bit of agro from the Prosa union in Denmark.

According to the article Prosa says that staff brought in from India are being paid between £341 and £568 a month when Danish law requires foreigners to earn at least £3,555.

Prosa has described this as "gross exploitation and says staff from India "virtually live in slave-like conditions..." See the story here.

CSC Denmark claims it is fair because staff get free accommodation and £971 Kroner a month in per diem expenses.

See the Prosa comment here.

A reader of this blog recently sent me the answers from some freedom information requests about the pay Intra Company Transferees, mainly Indian IT workers, would get if their applications from employers were accepted.

It appears that discounting allowances 6% of the 1,930 certificates of sponsorship made between 1 and 20 January this year would get less than the minimum wage if their applications were accepted.

Here is the full breakdown of the pay that theses workers would get if approved by the UKBA.

6% had an annual salary minus allowances of less than £11,564. 
7% had an annual salary minus allowances of less than £13,650. 
10% had an annual salary minus allowances of less than £24,000. 
0.5% had an annual salary including allowances of less than £24,000.

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"It appears that discounting allowances 6% of the 1,930 certificates of sponsorship made between 1 and 20 January this year would get less than the minimum wage if their applications were accepted."

And this is of course illegal, however nothing will be done about it because business is making too much money from it and the Government only listens to big business, or cares about "What's good for business".

As the latest wheeze is to get young people to work for free to get "experience" however we may soon be able to undercut the Indians, free trumps minimum wage.

I always did think the line in the "Rule Britannia", "Britains never will be slaves" always had a hint of Orwellian doublespeak about it!

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