Thursday, January 11, 2007

Challenge for Dalton

I wonder if Dalton can do anything about the incredible shrinking job situation in Southern Ontario?

Talking about good-paying jobs here; not McJobs.



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More from the Record about NCR:

NCR is blaming the strong Canadian dollar and the fact a high percentage of Waterloo's production is exported as reasons for the changes.

As well, NCR's competitors are cutting expenses by moving their manufacturing to "offshore and low-cost regions," Langos said. "If we didn't take this effort and activity, then it will cause our margins to decline significantly because it will make us less competitive in the marketplace."




18 comments:

Cherniak_WTF said...

This is partly a result of profit driven economy. Profits are not enough, "mega" profits are what shareholders want.
Consumers want cheaper goods and a way of shaving the cost is to outsource.
I'm not blaming globalization for all the ills and this is not only a challenge for Dalton but other governments in Canada.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Yeah, there was a big closure in Quebec recently - Goodyear, right?

Manufacturing jobs are going offshore. I partly blame unions, and of course the high Canadian dollar which we can do nothing about at this point.

liberal supporter said...

Yes it is to do with unions, but perhaps not the way you might think.

I suspect part of the problem is the lack of unions, in the "offshore" countries. That will come, unless the governments in those countries outlaw it and the citizenry cannot change that.

Bigger problem is the exchange rates, which in the case of China are set by the Communist government. They are set very low, so their exports are cheap for us, and imports of our goods are expensive for them.

Those who would like to move our jobs to jurisdictions without workplace safety laws or the means to obtain such laws, cannot cost justify such moves without large wage disparities with those nations. The disparities are supported by exchange rates.

Those ten dollar a day workers can buy food and housing on that income, if they buy the food and housing in that market. The exchange rates do not reflect that.

Globalization works well in theory, and would work well in practice, if there weren't all these parties trying to create what amounts to a tilted playing field.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

L.S. - Do you think that costly pollution regulations here are a factor at all?

Anonymous said...

He can complain..like he does about anything Harper does...vis a vis...health care for instance!

Anonymous said...

It occurred to me just now that perhaps Dalton should give the vacated factory's to the natives.......

Cherniak_WTF said...

GoodYear, Bombardier and so on...

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Bombardier, right. What happened there again?

Cherniak_WTF said...

Bombardier, right. What happened there again?
More layoff (today).
To be honest, a company that survives with so many handouts and tax credits yet lays off employees, well they might as well close shop if they can't get it right...

Joanne (True Blue) said...

To be honest, a company that survives with so many handouts and tax credits yet lays off employees...

Yeah, throwing good money after bad doesn't solve the problem. I assume there was a union there too?

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Wow, this is pathetic:

"We were able to organize production and improve the process, which unfortunately resulted in a surplus of 90 employees," said Marc Duchesne.

And..

Duchesne tried to take the sting out of layoffs, which take effect in February, by suggesting there are abundant opportunities in Quebec and Canada for skilled labour.

"There are many businesses who are looking for employees," he said in phone interview. "We are therefore not worried about these workers, for their long-term future.


Ah, well. I'm sure they're all feeling better after hearing that!

What a callous thing to say.

Cherniak_WTF said...

I assume there was a union there too?
A union? Maybe but the rot usually starts at the top...

Joanne (True Blue) said...

CWTF - That's where the rot usually is in a union - at the top.

Cherniak_WTF said...

Conrad Black is one fine union member then....

Anonymous said...

NCR cutting Waterloo jobs, eh?

They'll be fine. All anybody in that town wants anyways is a RIM job...

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Anon - Just try getting in. It's harder than Toyota.

Sheena said...

hahahahahahahahaha

Ok, so maybe I'm the only one with a dirty mind.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Oh boy. Sheena remind me never to give you an ink-blot test. ;)